Tips on… How to spot a skull fractureBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.0411407b (Published 01 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:0411407b
- John Baker, accident and emergency specialist registrar1
- 1Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London
The days of inexperienced officers in the emergency department staring blindly at skull x rays are over. In the UK, we now have a clear set of evidenced based guidelines to follow.
With the availability of computerised tomography, and a new set of guidelines from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), most emergency departments in the United Kingdom do not now routinely x ray skulls after head injuries.
Skull x rays were used in …