Measuring ICP in Patients — Its Value Now and in the Future?
In reviews of the status of ICP monitoring in patients, presented at past ICP symposia, it has been emphasised that ICP monitoring is the only reliable indicant of intracranial hypertension, provides a means of continuously evaluating an important aspect of brain support in the comatose patient who is paralysed and artificially ventilated, indicates when therapy for raised ICP is needed and whether the treatment has been effective, or if further therapy is necessary. Finally, the peak ICP helps in arriving at a prognosis in the severely head injured patient; it adds confidence in identifying at an early stage patients who will die, and others who will survive with severe disability, and who therefore are in the most need of early rehabilitation measures.
KeywordsHead Injury Intracranial Pressure Intracranial Hypertension Cerebral Perfusion Pressure Severe Head Injury
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