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Subarachnoid Haemorrhage in Emergency Departments (SHED)

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This project aims to assess if patients in the UK presenting with acute headache (maximal intensity within 1 hour) have a CT brain (highly sensitive for identifying subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) within 6 hours of headache onset, to decide on the need for admission and further investigation. The change of sensitivity of CT between 6-24 hours of headache onset will also be assessed.

Data collection: using opt-out consent. This means that whoever identifies the patient has to do the following:
o Pick up consent leaflet from research folder
o Give this to the patient (as it is opt-out, they do not need to actively consent/discuss
the study with them)
o Rip off the inclusion checklist and tick those boxes (8 tick box questions and one
question asking about onset of headache)
o Put the inclusion checklist back in the research folder.
o input some more details about the patient. i.e. CT result, diagnosis, admitted/discharged.
Data collection will take place in October 2021 at Royal Alexandra Hospital. Authorship provided for any significant contribution.

* only for University of Glasgow students
Dr Alasdair Corfield
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