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Care of patients with brain injury in the critical care environment

Richard Hughes, RN. Senior Staff Nurse, Intensive Care Unit, St Thomas’ Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Trust, London It is estimated that between 750 000 and one million individuals with head injuries attend accident and emergency (A&E) departments in the UK every year. Approximately 150 000 to 200 000 are admitted to hospital and, of these, 5% require admission to a neurosurgical unit (Flint, 1997).

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