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The impact of NICE guidelines for the management of head injury on the workload of the radiology department
  1. B P Shravat,
  2. K A Hynes
  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, Barnet Hospital, Barnet, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Mr B P Shravat
 Department of Emergency Medicine, Barnet Hospital, Barnet EN5 3DJ, UK; brijendra.shravatbarnet-chase-tr.nhs.uk

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We performed an audit looking at the impact of NICE head injury guidelines published in June 20031 on the workload of the radiology department. This was performed retrospectively in the emergency department (ED) of Barnet District General Hospital over a three month period between 1 June and 31 August 2003. The hospital serves a population of about 250 000 and the ED sees 60 000 patients per annum.

Case notes were retrieved and electronic medical records were reviewed to determine whether the skull radiograph or CT scan of the head had been done using the existing guidelines for head injury and whether they would have …

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