Baux score

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Baux score
Purposedetermine mortality due to burns

The Baux score is a system used to predict the chance of mortality due to burns.[1] The score is an index which takes into account the correlative and causal relationship between mortality and factors including advancing age, burn size, the presence of inhalational injury.[2] Studies have shown that the Baux score is highly correlative with length of stay in hospital due to burns and final outcome.[3]


Original method[edit]

The original Baux score was the addition of two factors, the first being the total body surface area affected by burning (usually estimated using the Wallace rule of nines, or calculated using a Lund and Browder chart) and the second being the age of the patient.

The score is expressed as:

The score is a comparative indicator of burn severity, with a score over 140 considered as being unsurvivable, depending on the available treatment resources.

Modified method[edit]

Research demonstrated that with improvements in medical care rendered the original method too pessimistic in its outcome prediction. This resulted in the publication of a modified methodology which took into account the effect of inhalation injury. It was found that inhalation injury resulted in an increase of around 17 on the Baux score, and this addition means that a patient with inhalation injury would have their score calculated by body area affected + age of patient + 17.[1] Recent analysis of mortality in burn units worldwide has shown that for well performing units the LD50 (the point at which 50% of patients would be expected to die) for major burns has significantly improved and the best units have a modified Baux score of 130-140. This means that all burns in children (except 100% TBSA full-thickness burns) should be considered survivable injuries and actively treated.[4]


Studies have shown Baux score to be effective in measuring comparative severity of burn injuries, and in predicting the prognosis for the patient. The modified version, which includes inhalation injuries, is more accurate than the original method, although neither method is as accurate as more complex calculated scores using advanced computer modelling.[1]

The Baux score has been shown to be effective in predicting outcome in 87% of presenting patients aged 60 and above.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Osler, T; Glance, LG; Hosmer, DW (2010). "Simplified estimates of the probability of death after burn injuries: Extending and updating the baux score". The Journal of Trauma. 68 (3): 690–7. doi:10.1097/TA.0b013e3181c453b3. PMID 20038856.
  2. ^ "Burn Incidence and Treatment in the United States: 2011 Fact Sheet". American Burn Association. 2010.
  3. ^ Krob, MJ; d'Amico, FJ; Ross, DL (1991). "Do trauma scores accurately predict outcomes for patients with burns?". The Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation. 12 (6): 560–3. doi:10.1097/00004630-199111000-00011. PMID 1779010.
  4. ^ Roberts, G; Lloyd, M; Parker, M; Martin, R; Philp, B; Shelley, O; Dziewulski, P (Jan 2012). "The Baux score is dead. Long live the Baux score: a 27-year retrospective cohort study of mortality at a regional burns service". J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 72 (1): 251–6. doi:10.1097/TA.0b013e31824052bb. PMID 22310134. S2CID 19475079.
  5. ^ Wibbenmeyer, L; Amelon, MJ; Morgan, LJ; Robinson, BK; Chang, PX; Lewis r, 2nd; Kealey, GP (2001). "Predicting survival in an elderly burn patient population". Burns. 27 (6): 583–90. doi:10.1016/S0305-4179(01)00009-2. PMID 11525852.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)