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Head Trauma 

Head Trauma
Chapter:
Head Trauma
Source:
Acute Care Casebook
Author(s):

Todd W. Thomsen

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190865412.003.0002

Head injury is often associated with other serious trauma. Clinical decision rules such as the Canadian CT Head Rule can guide clinicians in the judicious use of neuroimaging, which can then guide the appropriate course of treatment. Rapid assessment of patients requiring neurosurgical intervention is critical, as is appropriate management of blood pressure and hypoxia. This chapter considers a case study of blunt head injury with loss of consciousness of a skier in the backcountry, The author addresses patient history, physical exam, differential diagnoses, clinical course, and key management steps. The patient’s condition relative to the Canadian CT Head Rule is specifically discussed.

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