Objectives: To investigate patient-level factors predictive for computed tomography of the brain (CTB) use and abnormality in head injured children in Australia and New Zealand. Methods: Retrospective data from tertiary, urban/suburban and regional/rural EDs including factors predictive for CTB use and abnormality. Results: Of 3072 children at 31 EDs, 212 (6.9%) had a CTB scan, of which 66 (31%) were abnormal. Increasing age, serious mechanisms of injury and decreasing Glasgow Coma Score were predictive for ordering CTB. Decreasing age was predictive for CTB abnormalities. Other factors were not. Conclusion: Patient-level drivers of CTB use in children in Australia and New Zealand are consistent with international data.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||EMA - Emergency Medicine Australasia|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2021|