Table 3

Comparison of the number and proportion of CT outcomes according to GCS/AVPU for children aged <1 year (CT recommended if GCS is <15) and older children (CT recommended if GCS is <14)

CT categoryGCS/AVPU in <1 yearGCS/AVPU in > 1 yearTotal
15/ ‘Alert’<15:V/P/UGCS/AVPU not recorded14–15: ‘Alert’<14:V/P/UGCS/AVPU not recorded
Normal78 (43.1%)7 (20%)14 (35.9%)844 (72.1%)113 (50.2%)52 (64.2)1108 (+1*) (64%)
ICI and/or depressed #37 (20.4%)19 (54.3%)14 (35.9%)124 (10.6%)64 (28.4%)10 (12.4%)268 (+1*) (15.5%)
Simple #40 (22.1%)2 (5.7%)8 (20.5%)67 (5.7%)21 (9.3%)9 (11.1%)147 (+1*) (8.5%)
Other†9 (5%)1 (2.9%)033 (2.8%)4 (1.8%)148 (2.8%)
Abnormality but not described10 (5.5%)3 (8.6%)140 (3.4%)17 (7.6%)172 (4.2%)
Result not recorded7 (3.9%)3 (8.6%)262 (5.3%)6 (2.7%)8 (10%)88 (5.1%)
Total18135391170225811731 (3*)
  • *The age of three children was not recorded.

  • †Other findings included extracranial soft tissue swelling (12) aberrant or incidental structural findings(14), cysts (8) for example, widened subdural space, soft tissue swellings, cephalohaematoma (3), facial bone fractures (4), wide subarachnoid space or hydrocephalus (7).

  • AVPU, Alert, Voice, Pain, Unresponsive; ICI, intracranial injury; GCS, Glasgow Coma Scale.