Neurocritical Care

, Volume 17, Supplement 1, pp 4–20

Emergency Neurological Life Support: Airway, Ventilation, and Sedation

Authors

    • Department of Critical Care Services, Maine Medical CenterTufts University School of Medicine
  • Richard R. Riker
    • Department of Critical Care Services, Maine Medical CenterTufts University School of Medicine
  • Andy Jagoda
    • Department of Emergency MedicineMount Sinai Medical Center
  • Wade S. Smith
    • ENLS Course Co-Chair, Department of NeurologyUniversity of California, San Francisco
  • Scott D. Weingart
    • ENLS Course Co-Chair, Division of ED Critical CareMount Sinai School of Medicine
Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12028-012-9753-6

Cite this article as:
Seder, D.B., Riker, R.R., Jagoda, A. et al. Neurocrit Care (2012) 17: 4. doi:10.1007/s12028-012-9753-6

Abstract

Airway management is central to the resuscitation of the neurologically ill. These patients often have evolving processes that threaten the airway and adequate ventilation. Therefore, airway, ventilation, and sedation were chosen as an Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) protocol. Reviewed topics include airway management; the decision to intubate; when and how to intubate with attention to cardiovascular status; mechanical ventilation settings; and the use of sedation, including how to select sedative agents based on the patient’s neurological status.

Keywords

Respiratory failureAirway protectionIntubationVentilation

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© Neurocritical Care Society 2012