Early management of patients with a head injury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[Guideline cover]REMIT OF THE GUIDELINE

This guideline makes recommendations on the early management of adults and children with head injury. The focus remains on the first 72 hours of care, but the growing recognition that this is just the first part of the patient’s pathway has led to a stronger emphasis on how to plan discharge and what advice to give about follow up.

Guideline No. 110, ISBN 978 1 905813 46 9, May 2009

Patient information

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ED
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[arrow] Example advice leaflet for patient allowed home from the ED [Acrobat logo] (117K)
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sustained a head injury
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[arrow] Example advice leaflet for patients returning to sport after a head injury: a return to play protocol [Acrobat logo] (121K)
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admission
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Supporting material

[arrow] Example of head injury observation chart [Acrobat logo] (255K)
[arrow] Neurological assessment using the Glasgow Coma Scale [Acrobat logo] (785K)
[arrow] Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT) [Acrobat logo] (511K)
[arrow] Example of a proforma for routine documentation of head injury in adult patients [Acrobat logo] (210K)
[arrow] Example of a proforma for routine documentation of head injury in children over five years of age [Acrobat logo] (224K)
[arrow] Example of a proforma for routine documentation of head injury
in children under five years of age
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[arrow] Example of a proforma for routine documentation of head injury
in children under five years of age
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Register of Interest
A register of interest is not available for this guideline. In line with the SIGN Document Retention Schedule (24/07/2010), after publication of this guideline, hard copies of declarations of interest were held at the SIGN Executive offices for one year. The declarations of interest were then archived for a further three years before being destroyed along with other guideline related documents. This schedule has now been revised.

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