Muskie School of Public Service
Brain Computed Tomography, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
More than 1.3 million people seek emergency care following a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) each year. While most MTBI patients are safely discharged, a small proportion experience serious intracranial processes. The wide availability of computed tomography (CT) has generated a dramatic increase in the number of CTs performed to identify those patients with clinically important traumatic brain injury (ciTBI), generating expense and radiation exposure risks for patients. To address unwarranted variation in practice, we implemented an electronic best practice advisory (eBPA) based upon a validated clinical prediction rule that appears when emergency department (ED) clinicians order CT following MTBI.
Szlosek, Donald, "Utilization of an Electronic Best Practice Advisory Decreases Brain Computed Tomography in an Academic Emergency Department Setting" (2015). Thinking Matters Symposium Archive. 37.