Evaluation of older patients with minor blunt head trauma to identify those who do not have clinically important Traumatic Brain Injury and can be safely managed without cranial Computed Tomography

Can we identify a subgroup of older patients with minor head injury that will not have a brain bleed and can be safely managed without a head scan?

Grant ID: EMTC-001R01-2021

Project Summary

Older patients with minor head injury routinely get a head scan in emergency departments due to the risk of a brain bleed. Recent studies have suggested that some of these patients may not need a head scan. However, doctors do not currently have an accurate method to identify those patients who do not need a scan.

This research aims to identify a subgroup of older patients with minor head injury who do not have a brain bleed and can be safely managed without a head scan. As there are no known Australian studies in this area, this innovative project addresses a common problem in a vulnerable group of patients with several potential benefits.

The study will inform emergency doctors about the feasibility of larger Australian studies to develop a reliable and accurate method to identify older patients who do not have a brain bleed and do not need a head scan. Such a method could benefit patients by reducing transfer from rural and remote communities to bigger hospitals for a head scan, reducing waiting times in emergency departments and reducing exposure to radiation. Such a method could also have significant cost savings to the Australian healthcare system by reducing costs associated with patient transfers, head scans and prolonged emergency department wait times.


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Amount Awarded
$36,601


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Grant Scheme


Status
Active


Principal Investigator:
Dr Tanya Mellett


Co Investigators:
Dr Jane Dutson
Dr Angeline Khoo
Ms Nicole Chapman
Dr Vinay Gangathimmaiah
Dr Theophilus Emeto


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Collaborating Institutions


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