Emergency assessment and management of head injury in adults

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Description: Management of head injury in the community, including an outline of the out of hospital resuscitation by paramedical or medical staff using advanced equipment and techniques

Publet Introduction:

Definitions:

  • head injury is defined as traumatic injury to the head or brain 
  • for the purposes of this pathway, we consider adults to be those over age 18 years

Epidemiology:

About 250 patients per 100,000 population are admitted to hospital in the UK annually following a head injury (approximately 10-20% of all A&E attendances). Only 20-40% of those admitted following a head injury stay in hospital for more than 48 hours and only 5-10% require neurosurgical transfe. 5% of severe traumatic brain injury will have cervical spine injury


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Guideline objectives
Target setting Accident and emergency departments
Target users Healthcare professionals
Overview
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  • Status: Draft - Under Review
  • History: Submitted on 16/8/2013
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Based on http://eng.mapofmedicine.com

References

Jennett B. Epidemiology of head injury. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 1996; 60: 362-69.