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2021 Jul 08

Acad Emerg Med

PECARN algorithms for minor head trauma: Risk stratification estimates from a prospective PREDICT cohort study.


Bressan S, Eapen N, Phillips N, Gilhotra Y, Kochar A, Dalton S, Cheek JA, Furyk J, Neutze J, Williams A, Hearps S, Donath S, Oakley E, Singh S, Dalziel SR, Borland ML, Babl FE
Acad Emerg Med. 2021 Jul 08.
PMID: 34236116.


The Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) head trauma clinical decision rules informed the development of algorithms that risk stratify the management of children based on their risk of clinically important traumatic brain injury (ciTBI). We aimed to determine the rate of ciTBI for each PECARN algorithm risk group in an external cohort of patients and that of ciTBI associated with different combinations of high- or intermediate-risk predictors.