[Scandinavian guidelines for management of head injuries. Evidence-based management of minimal, mild and moderate head injuries]

Lakartidningen. 2000 Jun 28;97(26-27):3186-92.
[Article in Swedish]


The Scandinavian Neurotrauma Committee (SNC) was created by the Scandinavian Neurosurgical Society in order to develop evidence-based guidelines for improved care of neurotrauma patients. A MEDLINE search identified 475 papers dealing with the management of minimal, mild and moderate head injuries. Forty-two studies presenting Class II evidence on the initial management of such injuries were reviewed, and management guidelines were developed. Implementation of the Head Injury Severity Scale is advocated. Patients with Minimal injuries (no loss of consciousness (LOC), Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score 15) can be safely discharged. Routine early computerized tomography (CT) scan is recommended in cases with Mild injuries (history of LOC, GCS 14-15) and patients with normal scans may be discharged. CT scan and admission is mandatory in Moderate injuries (GCS 9-13). All patients with additional risk factors should be scanned and admitted. A flow-chart for clinical decision making and a Head Injury Instruction card is introduced. The SNC suggests guidelines that should be safe and cost-effective for the initial management of minimal, mild and moderate head injuries.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Consciousness
  • Controlled Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Craniocerebral Trauma* / complications
  • Craniocerebral Trauma* / diagnosis
  • Craniocerebral Trauma* / diagnostic imaging
  • Craniocerebral Trauma* / therapy
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Glasgow Coma Scale
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage, Traumatic / diagnosis
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage, Traumatic / diagnostic imaging
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage, Traumatic / etiology
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage, Traumatic / therapy
  • Patient Admission
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Reaction Time
  • Risk Factors
  • Scandinavian and Nordic Countries
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Unconsciousness