AHEAD2: Evaluating adverse outcome amongst patients following head injury who are taking the newer oral anticoagulant medications (NOACs) – A Pilot Study

Due to wide variation reported in the investigation, admission and subsequent management of anticogulation in patients taking the newer anticoagulants (NOACs), there is a need for further research in this area. This retrospective pilot study aims to explore the outcomes of patients taking NOACs after blunt head injury. Routine data is currently being collected from one Emergency Department based on methodology already tried and tested in a much larger AHEAD Study evaluating outcomes in patients on warfarin following head injury. The primary outcome of interest will be the rate of head injury complication. Following the completion of the pilot study, further funding will be sought to undertake this research in Emergency Departments across the UK.

This project was funded by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine