Table 1

 Patients discharged from the A&E department

19992001p Value
CNS, central nervous system; CT, computed tomography; GCS, Glasgow Coma Scale; SIGN, Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network; SXR, skull x ray.
Number of attendances788819
Male patients575 (73%)566 (68%)0.04
No. of discharged patients645 (82%)622 (76%)
No. of discharges who had a documented pupil check473 (82%)458 (81%)0.59
No. of discharges who had a documented CNS exam464 (81%)429 (76%)0.052
No. of discharges who had a documented GCS549 (95%)555 (98%)0.018
No. of discharges who had a SIGN indication for SXR223 (40%)171 (30%)0.003
No. of discharges who had a SIGN indicated SXR168/223 (75%)123/171 (72%)0.49
No. of discharges who had a SIGN indication for CT11 (2%)11 (2%)1.00
No. of discharges who had a SIGN indicated CT4/11 (36%)7/11 (64%)0.39
No. of discharges fulfilling SIGN ‘safe discharge’ criteria329 (57%)251 (44%)<0.001