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The Hudson Brace technique for emergency burr holes, an aide-memoire for the front-line military surgeon
  1. James M W Robins,
  2. S Thomson and
  3. AJ Sheikh
  1. Neurosurgery, Leeds General Infirm, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to James M W Robins, Neurosurgery, Leeds General Infirm, Leeds LS1 3EX, UK; jamesrobins{at}


Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death in conflict and early surgical intervention achieves better outcomes. The British Army surgical kit includes a Hudson Brace and bit and Gigli saw for decompression of the cranial cavity. Here we demonstrate the Hudson Brace technique for non-neurosurgeons.

  • neurosurgery
  • trauma management
  • surgery

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  • Contributors JMWR was significantly involved in concept development, literature review and writing of the manuscript, and revised it for intellectual content. ST was significantly involved in the writing of the manuscript and revised it for intellectual content. AS significantly contributed to concept development, writing of the manuscript and revised it for intellectual content. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Ethics approval Not required

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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