Principal Investigator: Dr Kerstin de Wit, MBChB, BSc, MSc, MD, Hamilton Health Sciences, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, McMaster University
Local Investigator: Éric Mercier, emergency physician, trauma team leader and clinical researcher at the Centre de Recherche du CHU de Québec-Université Laval
Co-Investigators: Shoamanesh, A; Stiell, IG; Émond, M; Mc Leod SL
Granting agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research – CIHR
Falls are the leading cause of traumatic death in the elderly with
This study will derive a novel ED clinical decision rule for detecting traumatic intracranial bleeding which will standardize the approach to head CT scans. Once validated, we will optimize patient care by ensuring that intracranial bleeding is identified early. By reducing the use of head CT, this decision rule will lead to health care savings and streamlined, patient-centered ED care
Goals and objectives of this study
Our aim is to derive a clinical decision rule which will identify senior patients who present to the ED after a fall who are not at risk of intracranial bleeding, and do not require a head CT scan. This rule will be a highly sensitive and will also reduce the number of head CT scans.