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Checklist can help avoid CT chest scans in a third of blunt trauma cases

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5381 (Published 08 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5381
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Using a simple checklist can help to avoid computed tomography (CT) scans of the chest in a third of people admitted to emergency departments with blunt trauma without increasing the risk of missing major injury, a US study has shown.

The study, published in PLOS Medicine,1 investigated more than 11 000 patients aged 15 or over who were treated at eight major US trauma centres. The patients all had blunt trauma injuries generally resulting from road accidents and falls, which account for most trauma cases seen in hospital emergency departments.

The researchers used data collected on 6002 patients in the first part of their study …

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