Navigation Links
Large study finds CT scans are frequently unnecessary after head injury in children
Date:5/8/2011

Overall, roughly half of U.S. children taken to hospital emergency departments (EDs) for a head injury receive a head CT scan, often to ease worried parents' concerns. Yet true traumatic brain injury is uncommon. A multi-center study of more than 40,000 children with minor blunt head trauma, led by Children's Hospital Boston and UC Davis, shows that allowing a period of observation can reduce the use of head CT by as much as half without compromising care and without exposing children to ionizing radiation. Results appear in the June 2011 issue of Pediatrics (published online May 9).

"Only a small percentage of children with blunt head trauma really have something serious going on," says Lise Nigrovic, MD, MPH, of Children's Hospital Boston, who co-led the study with Nathan Kuppermann, MD, MPH, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis. "If you can be watched in the ED for a few hours, you may not need a CT."

This change in practice would not only be cost-saving, but is better medicine, the researchers say.

Nigrovic, Kuppermann and colleagues analyzed the outcomes of children presenting at 25 different emergency departments, as part of a large prospective study conducted by the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN). Of 40,113 children whose records could be analyzed, 5,433 (14 percent) were observed before making a decision about CT use. Observation times varied, as did the severity of head trauma.

Overall, the children who were observed had a lower rate of CT than those not observed (31 vs. 35 percent). When the researchers matched the observed and non-observed groups for severity of head injury and the practice style of different hospitals, this difference was more pronounced: The likelihood of a CT scan in the observed group was about half that of similar non-observed patients (odds ratio, 0.53). In particular, children whose symptoms improved during observation were less likel
'/>"/>

Contact: Children's Hospital Boston
Colleen.Connolly@childrens.harvard.edu
617-919-3110
Children's Hospital Boston
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. EdenHome.com Adds Aventura Organic Clothes to Site and Announces Largest Online Selection of Stylish Organic Clothes for Men, Women and Children
2. Psychologists Say New Jerseys Largest Health Plan Violates Patient Privacy, Restricts Access to Care and Wastes Taxpayer Money
3. Confronting infectious disease threats at large-scale international events
4. New clues found linking larger animals to colder climates
5. George Lundberg, MD, Joins MedPage Today(R) as Editor-at-Large
6. Combination therapy more effective for enlarged prostate
7. HealthcareSource Announces New Client Wins: Strong Sales Momentum Driven by Regional and Large Health Systems
8. Biocell Center Corporation Partners with New Englands Largest Community-Based Hospital Network to Offer a Unique Service in Amniotic Fluid Stem Cell Preservation
9. DTM Systems Corporation Ranked Number One as the Largest Reseller in British Columbia to Hewlett Packard Canada
10. Historic Agreement Reached to Transition Illinois Residents Unnecessarily Housed in Large, Impersonal Nursing Homes
11. Fewer Deaths in Larger, Busier Hospitals
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/19/2014)... 2014 Consistent premium price increases ... Vision Insurance industry in recent years; however, costs ... industry margins. From 2009 to 2014, industry revenue ... coverage for routine eye exams and other procedures, ... lens and refractive surgery. According to IBISWorld Industry ...
(Date:9/19/2014)... PA (PRWEB) September 19, 2014 Are ... tissue because of problems with seasonal allergies or sinus ... a much better alternative. , She conceived of ... with having a runny nose in public. Since it ... it promotes more sanitary conditions, particularly when cooking or ...
(Date:9/19/2014)... 19, 2014 BearCom, a nationwide ... detailed the key role played by instant, one-to-one ... the healthcare industry. , “In healthcare, speed ... – and in emergency situations, can save precious ... and death,” said Hugh Johnston, Product & Purchasing ...
(Date:9/19/2014)... On September 16, Camino Public Relations was ... Top Places to Work in PR Awards Luncheon at ... honorable mentions in two categories for “Multicultural Campaign” and ... Latina voices in the media. , "We're honored to ... of its efforts to improve the national conversation about ...
(Date:9/19/2014)... AZ (PRWEB) September 19, 2014 Hastings and ... 30 years in the industry, announces a record number of ... handles a wide variety of serious injury cases as well ... along with dog bite related accident cases and others. Having ... and Hastings has stood the test of time when it ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Vision Insurance in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated 2Health News:Vision Insurance in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated 3Health News:Vision Insurance in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated 4Health News:Nasal Drip Eliminator Invented by InventHelp Client (LCC-218) 2Health News:BearCom Releases Guidelines on Using Two-Way Radios to Improve Communications and Enhance Patient Service in Healthcare 2Health News:BearCom Releases Guidelines on Using Two-Way Radios to Improve Communications and Enhance Patient Service in Healthcare 3Health News:BearCom Releases Guidelines on Using Two-Way Radios to Improve Communications and Enhance Patient Service in Healthcare 4Health News:Camino Public Relations Honored for Raising Latina Voices in National Health Care, Immigration Debates 2Health News:Hastings And Hastings Announces a Record Number of Visitors to Its New Phoenix Personal Injury Website 2
... cut unnecessary biopsies, researchers say , WEDNESDAY, March 3 ... ways to treat and detect stubborn forms of prostate ... being presented this week at the annual Genitourinary Cancers ... of the prostate, kidney, bladder and testicles," Dr. Nicholas ...
... ... ... ... ...
... ... ... ... WASHINGTON , March 3 Michael A. Stephens , MPH, has joined the Association of ...
... commonly believed , WEDNESDAY, March 3 (HealthDay News) -- Early ... to a new study that may trigger a major change ... been believed that glaucoma -- the leading cause of blindness ... eye that damages the retina and optic nerve, so treatments ...
... ... ... ... ...
... MAYWOOD, Ill. -- A daily dose of vitamin D may ... winter, according to researchers at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff ... weather months when days are short and more time is ... problem despite the nutrient,s widely reported health benefits," said Sue ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:New Drugs, Approaches Offer Hope Against Prostate Cancer 2Health News:New Drugs, Approaches Offer Hope Against Prostate Cancer 3Health News:New Drugs, Approaches Offer Hope Against Prostate Cancer 4Health News:FDA, FSIS, CDC Collaborate on Methods to Measure Success of Food Safety Programs 2Health News:FDA, FSIS, CDC Collaborate on Methods to Measure Success of Food Safety Programs 3Health News:FDA, FSIS, CDC Collaborate on Methods to Measure Success of Food Safety Programs 4Health News:FDA, FSIS, CDC Collaborate on Methods to Measure Success of Food Safety Programs 5Health News:FDA, FSIS, CDC Collaborate on Methods to Measure Success of Food Safety Programs 6Health News:Michael A. Stephens Appointed Senior Policy Director at Association of Schools of Public Health 2Health News:Michael A. Stephens Appointed Senior Policy Director at Association of Schools of Public Health 3Health News:Glaucoma Begins in Mid-Brain, Not in Eye, Research Shows 2Health News:Second Dose of Gene Therapy for Inherited Blindness Proves Safe in Animal Studies 2Health News:Second Dose of Gene Therapy for Inherited Blindness Proves Safe in Animal Studies 3Health News:Second Dose of Gene Therapy for Inherited Blindness Proves Safe in Animal Studies 4Health News:Second Dose of Gene Therapy for Inherited Blindness Proves Safe in Animal Studies 5Health News:Second Dose of Gene Therapy for Inherited Blindness Proves Safe in Animal Studies 6Health News:Second Dose of Gene Therapy for Inherited Blindness Proves Safe in Animal Studies 7Health News:Vitamin D lifts mood during cold weather months 2
(Date:9/19/2014)... September 19, 2014 According ... Type (Benchtop, Mobile, Industrial, & Laboratory), Industry (Food, ... Manifold, & Rotary) & Geography - Global Trends ... and segments the lyophilization market on the basis ... and projections of the market size of each ...
(Date:9/19/2014)... 2014  Pressure BioSciences, Inc. (OTCQB: PBIO) ("PBI" ... and approved all parts required to build nine ... to manufacture the new PCT-based instrument system.  The ... for shipment by mid-October and that additional Barozyme ... rate of about one per week thereafter.  ...
(Date:9/19/2014)... N.Y. , Sept. 19, 2014  BioSpecifics Technologies Corp. ... in class collagenase-based products marketed as XIAFLEX ® in ... today that BioSpecifics, President, Tom Wegman , will present ... NewsMakers in the Biotech Industry Conference. The ... 3:00 p.m. EDT at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Lyophilization Market Worth $5,121.5 Million by 2019 2Lyophilization Market Worth $5,121.5 Million by 2019 3Pressure BioSciences Announces Completion of the First Phase of Its Commercialization Plan for the Barozyme HT48, the Company's Recently Released High Throughput PCT-based Instrument System 2Pressure BioSciences Announces Completion of the First Phase of Its Commercialization Plan for the Barozyme HT48, the Company's Recently Released High Throughput PCT-based Instrument System 3BioSpecifics Technologies Corp. to Present at the 21st Annual BioCentury NewsMakers in the Biotech Industry Conference 2
Hartman Mosquito forceps, straight, 3.5"....
Straight 20 mm serrated jaws. Ring handle with ratchet lock and dull finish. Overall length 3.9 inches...
Curved 21 mm serrated jaws. Ring handle with ratchet lock and dull finish. Most popular size or model. Overall length 4.7 inches...
Straight 22 mm serrated jaws. Ring handle with ratchet lock and dull finish. Overall length 4.9 inches...
Medicine Products: