UK health authority calls for CT scans for head injuries within 1 hour

Those who suffer a head injury requiring an ambulance should be immediately taken to a hospital for a CT scan, according to draft guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, an organization sponsored by the U.K. Department of Health that provides public health guidance.

The recommendations also state that people experiencing seizures, repeated vomiting or loss of consciousness or who are suspected of sustaining a skull fracture should be taken directly to a hospital with the proper equipment, not just the nearest facility.

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