Head injury instructions: a time to unify

J Accid Emerg Med. 1997 Jul;14(4):238-9. doi: 10.1136/emj.14.4.238.


Objective: To compare and contrast the head injury advice give by various hospitals in England after minor head injury, and to draw attention to the need for a national set of head injury instructions.

Methods: 50 accident and emergency departments were contacted by post and asked to supply a copy of their head injury information card or leaflet; 41 hospitals replied (82%).

Results: Comparison of the cards showed inconsistencies and conflicting advice given by the departments contacted.

Conclusions: There is a need for a national head injury card and a proposal for such a card is presented.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aftercare / standards*
  • Child
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / therapy*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • England
  • Humans
  • Patient Compliance*