Applicability of the CATCH, CHALICE and PECARN paediatric head injury clinical decision rules: pilot data from a single Australian centre

Mark D Lyttle, John A Cheek, Carol Blackburn, Edward Oakley, Brenton Ward, Amanda Fry, Kim Jachno, Franz Babl

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BACKGROUND: Clinical decision rules (CDRs) for paediatric head injury (HI) exist to identify children at risk of traumatic brain injury. Those of the highest quality are the Canadian assessment of tomography for childhood head injury (CATCH), Children s head injury algorithm for the prediction of important clinical events (CHALICE) and Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) CDRs. They target different cohorts of children with HI and have not been compared in the same setting. We set out to quantify the proportion of children with HI to which each CDR was applicable. METHODS: Consecutive children presenting to an Australian paediatric Emergency Department with HIs were enrolled. Published inclusion/exclusion criteria and predictor variables from the CDRs were collected prospectively. Using these we determined the frequency with which each CDR was applicable. RESULTS: 1012 patients (69.9 ) were enrolled with 949 available for analysis. Mean age was 6.8 years (21
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)790 - 794
Number of pages5
JournalEmergency Medicine Journal
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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