Patricia Spratt, Neal F Cook, Mark Gillespie
British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, Vol. 3, Iss. 5, 11 May 2007, pp 210 - 216
The arrival of individuals with headache in the emergency department presents the nurse with many unique challenges, and about 12–25% of all patients presenting to accident and emergency with an acute sudden severe headache have a subarachnoid haemorrhage. The effective management of subarachnoid haemorrhage is based on with prevention, early and accurate diagnosis, and correction of complications. This article provides an overview of some of the key considerations required for evidence-based care of subarachnoid haemorrhage in the accident and emergency department. A number of recommendations for an holistic approach to care are proposed.