Cerebral Resuscitation and Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Ericka L. Fink
  • Patrick M. Kochanek
  • Robert S. B. Clark


The need for improved cerebral resuscitation was born out of progress – advancements in resuscitation, intensive care, and rehabilitation have decreased mortality associated with brain injury in infants and children, but increased the number living with disability. Indeed morbidity, and mortality for that matter, remains unacceptably high. To date, cerebral resuscitation after ischemic and traumatic brain injury (TBI) remains largely supportive, although many promising therapies are being explored at the bench. Now the challenge is to move therapies to the bedside, to assist patients in attaining improved outcomes and quality of life. In the interim, optimizing patient care management in the prehospital setting, emergency department, pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), and rehabilitation facilities, is our greatest opportunity for improving outcome in these pediatric patients.


Traumatic Brain Injury Cerebral Blood Flow Cardiac Arrest Intracranial Hypertension Cerebral Blood Volume 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ericka L. Fink
    • 1
  • Patrick M. Kochanek
    • 2
  • Robert S. B. Clark
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics, Safar Center for Resuscitation ResearchUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMCPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Critical Care Medicine, Anesthesiology, Pediatrics and Clinical and Translational Science, Safar Center for Resuscitation ResearchUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMCPittsburghUSA

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