Mild head injury is a common emergency presentation. Previously medical attention has focused on risk of injury requiring surgical intervention. The importance of long term sequelae in patients not requiring surgical intervention has now been recognised. It is not clear, however, how frequently this occurs, which patients are at risk and whether interventions improve outcome. The symptoms associated with mild traumatic brain injury have an organic basis. Some people will be helped by strategies to deal with these symptoms. Emergency physicians should develop better methods to ensure adequate screening in the emergency department to target at risk groups and introduce interventions which are proven to be effective.
|Publication status||Published - 1997|