Definitions of Trauma Categories

Trauma categoryDescription
Combined injury
  • Radiation dose of >2 Gy to whole body or significant portion of whole body plus moderate or severe trauma and/or burn injury.
Severe trauma
  • Stabilization requires complex treatment
  • >20% chance of death even with treatment
Moderate trauma
  • Without stabilization, potential for death within hours
  • <20% chance of death with stabilization and treatment
Minimal trauma
  • Injuries pose no significant risk to life and limb in next 3-4 days
  • Limited or no treatment prior to referral in the next 3-4 days