Brain Injury and Dysfunction: The Critical Role of Primary Management
In traumatic brain injury, maintain mean arterial (MAP) blood pressure >80 mmHg.
Avoid hypoxia at all costs; keep PaO2 >13 kPa, using PEEP if necessary.
Keep PaCO2 4.5–5.0 kPa; hyperventilate only if there are signs of impending brainstem herniation.
Keep the neck in neutral position; always consider the possibility of cervical spine injury.
Maintain 15°head up position (as long as MAP adequate).
Do not give mannitol if patient is hypotensive. Speak to a Regional Neurosurgical Center before giving additional doses.
KeywordsTraumatic Brain Injury Brain Edema Decompressive Craniectomy Cerebral Oxygen Regional Unit
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