Neurocritical Care

, Volume 23, Supplement 2, pp 5–22 | Cite as

Emergency Neurological Life Support: Airway, Ventilation, and Sedation

  • David B. Seder
  • Andy Jagoda
  • Becky Riggs
Review Article


Airway management and ventilation are central to the resuscitation of the neurologically ill. These patients often have evolving processes that threaten the airway and adequate ventilation. Furthermore, intubation, ventilation, and sedative choices directly affect brain perfusion. Therefore, airway, ventilation, and sedation was chosen as an emergency neurological life support protocol. Topics include airway management, when and how to intubate with special attention to hemodynamics and preservation of cerebral blood flow, mechanical ventilation settings, and the use of sedative agents based on the patient’s neurological status.


Airway Ventilation Sedation Neurocritical care Emergency 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Critical Care Services, Maine Medical CenterTufts University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Emergency MedicineMount Sinai Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology and Critical Care MedicineSchool of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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