NICE guidance on Head Injury (CG 176)

 In Clinical Guidelines, NICE guidelines

This updated NICE guidance on head injury covers the triage, assessment, investigation and early management of Head Injury which is the commonest cause of death and disability for people up to the age of 40 years.

About 1.4 million people attend A&E departments each year with a head injury, with 5% having a serious injury and 0.2% fatality rate. This guidance focuses on the early detection and appropriate interventions as this helps to save lives, whilst promoting early discharge from emergency departments.

This NICE guidance on head injury includes recommendations on:

  • Pre-hospital assessment and advice, and immediate management at the scene
  • Assessment in the emergency department
  • Investigating clinically important brain injuries and injuries to the cervical spine
  • Information and support for families and carers
  • Transfer from hospital to a neuroscience unit
  • Admission and observation
  • Discharge and follow-up

For more information on the updated guideline, please visit the NICE website.

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