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Minor Head Trauma – what should I look for?
Sibley, Ted (2009)

Minor Head Trauma – what should I look for?


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If a patient has a minor head injury and a Glascow Coma Scale of 15, then there are certain identifiable risk factors that need to be evaluated for to determine the need for further imaging. These risk factors include: Loss of Consciousness, Post-Traumatic Amnesia, Seizure, Confusion, Focal Neurological Deficit, Vomiting, Headache, Skull Fracture, age over 60, or patient with a coagulopathy. If two or more of these risk factors are present, then patient will need neuroimaging. If only one risk factor is present, then it is up to the physican to determine if patient needs neuroimaging.

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Sibley, Ted. (2009). Minor Head Trauma – what should I look for?. Retrieved from the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy,

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