View Entire Collection
By Clinical Topic
Diabetes – Summer 2012
Future of Nursing Initiative
Heart Failure - Fall 2011
Influenza - Winter 2011
Nursing Ethics - Fall 2011
Trauma - Fall 2010
Traumatic Brain Injury - Fall 2010
Fluids & Electrolytes
FRIDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) -- For children presenting to the emergency department with a minor head injury, racial disparity in the receipt of cranial computed tomography (CT) scans varies according to the risk for traumatic brain injury, according to a study being presented at the annual conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics, held from Oct. 15 to 18 in Boston.
Alexander Rogers, M.D., of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and colleagues investigated racial disparities in the use of cranial CT scans for children presenting to the emergency department with minor head injury. Data were collected from 42,412 children evaluated for head trauma at one of the 25 Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network trauma centers included in the analysis. Of these, 39,717 (94 percent) children with potential clinically important brain injury had a recorded race of Hispanic, African-American, or white.
The investigators found that 13,793 (35 percent) children received a cranial CT scan. The likelihood of CT scan use did not significantly differ by race or ethnicity for children at higher risk of clinically important brain injury. However, among the population with the lowest-risk of clinically important brain injury, white children were significantly more likely to receive CT scans than Hispanic and African-American children.
"The cause of this disparity is likely multi-factorial, but this study highlights the importance of strong, evidence-based guidelines to assure equal and optimal care," Rogers said in a statement.
Abstract No. 13084
Sign up for our free enewsletters to stay up-to-date in your area of practice - or take a look at an archive of prior issues
Join our CESaver program to earn up to 100 contact hours for only $34.95
Explore a world of online resources
Back to Top