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Doctors need to fully investigate cause of blackouts, says NICE

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 03 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6016
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Healthcare professionals should thoroughly assess anyone who has had a suspected blackout or transient loss of consciousness to rule out any serious underlying condition, says a new quality standard from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).1

Around half of the UK population experience a transient loss of consciousness at some point in their lives. For most people there is a simple explanation—for example, if a person has been standing …

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