Need a CT scan for a head injury? Ottawa rule now included in app

November 22, 2017

The Ottawa Rules app now includes the Canadian CT Head Rule developed by Dr. Ian Stiell and colleagues. This rule helps emergency department clinicians determine if a patient with a head injury requires a CT scan. Previous research showed that it has the potential to dramatically cut the need for CT scanning, which would save money, reduce emergency department overcrowding and reduce patient radiation exposure. The Ottawa Rules app was developed by The Ottawa Hospital mHealth Lab, led by Dr. Kumanan Wilson. It now includes four Ottawa emergency medicine rules, with more on the way, and has been updated with new interactive features. It has been downloaded more than 6,000 times in more than 100 countries. Download it for free from the App Store and Google Play.

Funding: This research was possible because of generous donations to The Ottawa Hospital for Research to Improve Patient Care. The expansion of The Ottawa Rules app was supported by the Innovation Fund of the Alternative Funding Plan for the Academic Health Sciences Centres of Ontario.

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