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P11 Which factors influence the decision to transfer patients with traumatic brain injury to a neurosurgery unit in a major trauma network?
  1. KM Rajwani1,
  2. JP Lavrador1,
  3. A Ansaripour2,
  4. E Maratos1,
  5. C Tolias1
  1. 1King’s College Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2King’s College London, UK


Objectives To identify factors that influence the decision to transfer patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) to a neurosurgical centre.

Design Retrospective data collected as part of TrIBAL study.

Subjects All patients with TBI referred to our neurosurgery unit from regional acute hospitals over a 4 month period.

Methods Our primary outcome was transfer to a neurosurgical centre. We identified the following factors that may predict decision to transfer: patient demographics, transfer distance, anticoagulation therapy and severity of TBI (initial GCS and Marshall score). A multivariable logistic regression analysis was performed.

Results A total of 347 patients were referred from regional hospitals with TBI and of these, 53 (15%) were transferred. The mean age of patients referred was 69.6 years, 62.5% were men and 43% on antiplatelets or anticoagulated. Similar number of patients were referred from hospitals within 30 miles (54%) and those more than 30miles away (46%). Eighty-four percent of patients had mild TBI (GCS 13–15) on initial assessment and 67% had a Marshall CT score of 2. After regression analysis, younger age, male gender and higher Marshall score predicted transfer to our neurosurgical centre (p<0.05).

Conclusions Many patients with TBI have relatively ‘minor’ injuries and remain at their local hospital. In our cohort higher Marshall score, younger age and male gender predicted transfer to a neurosurgicial centre. Transfer distance, anticoagulation therapy and initial GCS did not influence decision to transfer.

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