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Chapter 9 - Interhospital Transfer of Brain-Injured Patients

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 April 2020

Peter C. Whitfield
Derriford Hospital, Plymouth
Jessie Welbourne
University Hospitals, Plymouth
Elfyn Thomas
Derriford Hospital, Plymouth
Fiona Summers
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Maggie Whyte
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Peter J. Hutchinson
Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge
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Neurosurgical services in the UK are organised regionally into 34 acute neuroscience centres. Brain injury, both traumatic and non-traumatic, is common, and patients often present to local hospitals requiring further treatment in a neuroscience centre. Between April 2014 and June 2015, 15 820 patients suffered a traumatic brain injury in the UK. Of these, 6258 were transferred directly to a neuroscience centre, 5880 were not admitted to a neuroscience centre and 3682 underwent a secondary transfer from the admitting hospital to a neuroscience centre.1 In addition to traumatic brain injury, indications for non-traumatic causes of brain injury requiring acute transfer to a neuroscience centre continue to increase.

Traumatic Brain Injury
A Multidisciplinary Approach
, pp. 86 - 96
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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