Toby O'Brien

MBBS Student, Monash University

NTRI Researcher

Toby is an MBBS (Hons) student at Monash University undertaking a supplementary research year with the NTRI as part of Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons) degree.

His research project is a retrospective investigation into the prognosis of anti-coagulated patients who present to the emergency department with head injuries. Specifically, he will be calculating the incidence of delayed intracranial bleeds and the assessing the utility of repeat computed tomography (CT) scanning as a diagnostic tool. Anticoagulant therapy increases the risk of haemorrhage, and is part of the exclusion criteria for current guidelines. Consequently, patients may be subjected to unnecessary medical imaging that is potentially harmful. The results of this study will contribute to Evidence-Based Clinical Practice and Best Practice guidelines for the management of such patients.

A large portion of this study is being completed under the supervision of research colleagues at L'Hôpital de l'Enfant-Jésus in Quebec City, Canada.

Primary supervisor: A/Prof Dev Mitra (Alfred Hospital, Monash University)

Secondary supervisors: Dr Eric Mercier, A/Prof Natalie Le Sage (Hôpital de l'Enfant-Jésus, Université Laval)