Acute Management of Moderate-Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Wittstatt Alexandra Whitaker-Lea, Alex B. Valadka

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Abstract

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) continues to be a major public health problem. Proposed treatments have not withstood testing in clinical trials because of failure to account for different types of TBI and other weaknesses in trial design. Management goals continue to be prevention and prompt treatment of secondary insults (hypotension, hypoxia, and other physiologic derangements). This goal is best accomplished by careful attention to airway, breathing, circulation, and basic principles of intensive care unit management. Attempts to intervene prophylactically to prevent intracranial hypertension or other complications have not been beneficial and may even have deleterious effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-243
Number of pages17
JournalPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Intracranial pressure
  • Management
  • Outcome
  • Traumatic brain injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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