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Diagnosis of subarachnoid haemorrhage: A survey of Australasian emergency physicians and trainees

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posted on 2023-01-31, 04:56 authored by A Rogers, Jeremy FurykJeremy Furyk, C Banks, K Chu
Objective: This study aims to establish current practice among Australasian emergency physicians and trainees on several aspects of the investigation of suspected subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH). Methods: An electronic questionnaire (SurveyMonkeyTM) was distributed to emergency physicians and trainees by email through the ACEM. Survey recipients were asked about demographics, followed by a series of questions relating to the investigation of SAH. Results: There were 878 survey respondents (response rate 24%). Our data showed that 47.3% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that a CT brain within 6h of headache onset is sufficient to exclude a diagnosis of SAH. For a CT performed within 12h of ictus, 14.4% were satisfied that SAH could be excluded. After a negative CT scan, for further investigation of SAH, 88% of respondents preferred lumbar puncture to CT angiography. For detection of xanthochromia in the cerebrospinal fluid, 57.7% of respondents felt that spectrophotometry (vs visual inspection) is necessary to accurately diagnose SAH. Conclusions: A range of information was collected regarding the investigation of suspected SAH. We report significant differences in the diagnostic approach of Australasian emergency physicians and trainees to this condition, in particular the utility of CT within 6h for exclusion of SAH.

History

Journal

EMA - Emergency Medicine Australasia

Volume

26

Pagination

468 - 473

ISSN

1742-6731

eISSN

1742-6723

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal