Overview of management of minor head injuries

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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