PECARN Network
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Identification of children at very low risk of clinically-important brain injuries after head trauma: a prospective cohort study.


Study Type: Observational
Study Period: June 2004 - September 2006
Enrollment: 42,412
Consent: Waiver of consent at some sites; verbal consent for telephone follow up at other sites

PURPOSE:

This prospective observational cohort study enrolled children younger than 18 years of age with mild head trauma evaluated in 25 PECARN emergency departments. The goal was: to derive a clinical prediction rule to accurately identify children at near zero risk of clinically important traumatic brain injury after blunt trauma. We enrolled subjects presenting within 24 hours of head trauma with Glasgow Coma Scale scores of 14-15. These validated prediction rules identified children at very low risk of clinically important traumatic brain injury for whom CT scans can routinely be obviated.

 

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