Intensive care of severely head injured patients

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7052.296 (Published 03 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:296

Working party is looking at guidelines

  1. M D D Bell
  1. Pinderfields Hospital NHS Trust, Wakefield WF1 4DG

    EDITOR,—D R Jeevaratnam and D K Menon highlight inconsistencies in the intensive care management of patients with severe head injury.1 A telephone survey that I carried out of on call neurosurgical staff at neurosurgical centres in Britain in 1994 identified inconsistencies not only in hospital management but also in criteria for accepting patients, the provision of guidelines for transfer, and audit of outcomes.

    Out of 30 centres surveyed, only six had written criteria for …

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