Anthony Bleetman
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 1, Iss. 7, 01 Apr 2009, pp 280 - 287

Head injuries are very common and paramedics will therefore see many patients with head injuries. Most of these patients will not require any specific treatment. The challenge for pre-hospital and hospital carers is to identify the small minority of patients in whom a computed tomography scan is required and to expedite safe transfer to a neurosurgical unit for those very few that require specialist intervention. The key to identifying these is a broad understanding of the anatomy and pathophysiology of head injuries and also learning the important features of assessment and examination.

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