Emergency assessment and management of head injury in adults

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:


  • 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


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

Guideline Objectives
Target SettingAccident and emergency departments
Target Users
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Jennett B. Epidemiology of head injury. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 1996; 60: 362-69.