Developing guidelines for quality assurance in the management of head injury requires knowledge concerning present management practice. We studied management of minor head injury (MHI) using a cross-sectional mail survey of 76 Swedish hospitals. In 96% of the hospitals, initial patient evaluation, frequently performed by inexperienced physicians, entails neurological assessment according to the Swedish Reaction Level Scale or the Glasgow Coma Scale, while computerised tomography (CT) is used routinely in 4%. This survey indicates great variability in the management of MHI in hospitals in Sweden. Fifteen (21%) hospitals consistently hospitalise all MHI patients for overnight observation, while 56 (79%) have established criteria for early discharge of selected patients. Routines for neurological assessment are satisfactory, while CT scan for skull fracture and early diagnosis of intracranial complications is usually not performed.
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|