Validation of the COAST score for predicting acute traumatic coagulopathy: A retrospective single-centre cohort study

Sophie Thorn, Martin Tonglet, Marc Maegele, Russell Gruen, Biswadev Mitra

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Purpose: Early identification of trauma patients at risk of developing acute traumatic coagulopathy is important in initiating appropriate, coagulopathy-focused treatment. A clinical acute traumatic coagulopathy prediction tool is a quick, simple method to evaluate risk. The COAST score was developed in Australia and we hypothesised that it could predict coagulopathy and bleeding-related adverse outcomes in other advanced trauma systems. We validated COAST on a single-centre cohort of trauma patients from a trauma centre in Belgium. Methods: The COAST score was modified to suit available data; we used entrapment, blood pressure, temperature, major chest injury and abdominal injury to calculate the score. Acute traumatic coagulopathy was defined as international normalised ratio >1.5 or activated partial thromboplastin time >60 s upon arrival of the patient to the hospital. Data were extracted from the local trauma registry on patients that presented between 1 January and 31 December 2015. Results: In all, 133 patients met the inclusion criteria (>16 years old, available COAST and outcome data) for analysis. The COAST score had an area under the receiver operating characteristics curve of 0.941 (95% CI: 0.884–0.999) and at COAST ≥3, it had 80% sensitivity and 96% specificity. The score also identified patients with higher rates of mortality, blood transfusion and emergent surgery. Conclusion: This retrospective cohort study demonstrated the utility of the COAST score in identifying trauma patients who are likely to have bleeding-related poor outcomes. The early identification of these patients will facilitate timely, appropriate treatment for acute traumatic coagulopathy and minimise the risk of over-treatment. It can also be used to select patients with acute traumatic coagulopathy for trials involving therapeutic agents targeted at acute traumatic coagulopathy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-117
Number of pages6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Acute traumatic coagulopathy
  • bleeding
  • prediction model
  • prediction score
  • trauma

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