In this post, my first one for 2021, I was lucky enough to be able to choose between a number of great recent publications. Unable to decide, I ended up including them all in one go. As they all centre around a common theme of ICP and haemodynamics, lumping them together didn’t seem entirely illogical.… Continue reading January Roundup: Selected Articles on ICP, Haemodynamic Targets in Acute Brain Injury
This recently published open-access article by Robba et al delves into the retrospective monitoring data on 70 TBI patients. The patients in the cohort were all monitored comprehensively, providing the investigators with continuous data on PbtO2, ICP and CPP, as well as on relevant respiratory indices. They found a statistically significant link between lung function… Continue reading Lung Injury Is a Predictor of Cerebral Hypoxia and Mortality in Traumatic Brain Injury – Retrospective Study
The first edition of this comprehensive guide to the treatment of severe TBI was originally published in 2012, based entirely on editorial contributions from Nordic researchers and clinicians. It has proven to be a very useful and popular reference tool for professionals working with TBI. After an extensive review of all the relevant topics, the… Continue reading Fresh off the Press: The Long Awaited 2nd Edition of Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
The Seattle International Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Consensus Conference (SIBICC) recently released a superb article detailing the recommended treatment approach in TBI-patients with both cerebral tissue oximetry and ICP-monitoring. It provides an easy-to-follow and logical multi-tier algorithm for addressing various combinations of ICP/PbtO2 abnormalities. As such it offers a guidance document for clinical care that… Continue reading SIBICC: Management Algorithm for TBI-patients with both PbtO2 and ICP-monitoring
This month’s edition of Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology is replete with neuro-topics, ranging from awake craniotomy to complex spinal surgery and anaesthesia for stroke thrombectomy. Well worth a read, this collection of articles provides (often excellent) summaries of evidence and current practice in numerous fields relevant to the neuroanaesthetist.
From our quality-focused colleagues at the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC) comes this set of guidelines for management of the most common emergencies encountered in neuroanaesthetic practice. Conceived with the purpose of addressing complex emergent issues in a concise, goal-directed and simplified manner, these cognitive aids are clear-cut and based on… Continue reading SNACC – How to Handle Neuroanaesthetic Emergencies
Lactate is well-known as an important energy substrate for brain tissue and plays a key role in neuroenergetics. Experimental data have shown that exogenous lactate administration may improve metabolism in injured brain cells, and possibly has neuroprotective properties. Till now there has been a paucity of human clinical studies on this subject. Carteron et al… Continue reading Lactate Improves Cerebral Perfusion After Acute Brain Injury – Recent Clinical Trial in Crit Care Med
Meyfroidt and colleagues recently published a commentary in Intensive Care Medicine addressing ten tenets in neurocritical care that merit debate. The article deals with the following ten statements: 1. Only neurointensivists should care about the brain. 2. Clinical examination of neurocritically ill patients is impossible. 3. We should no longer monitor ICP in traumatic brain… Continue reading Meyfroidt et al in ICM: Ten false beliefs in neurocritical care
We all recall the elegant curves that ostensibly show the neat relationship between mean arterial blood pressure (or CPP) and cerebral blood flow. This relationship classically has its lower and upper limits, beyond which CBF will vary passively with the systemic pressure. Stay within these limits and all is good, the mantra goes. However, as… Continue reading Cerebral Autoregulation – What do we know?
Okonkwo et al, ten ICUs in the United States. Read their article in Critical Care Medicine, November 2017-issue. They found that management of severe traumatic brain injury informed by multimodal intracranial pressure and brain tissue monitoring reduced brain tissue hypoxia, with a trend toward lower mortality and more favorable outcomes, compared with treatment guided by… Continue reading Brain Oxygen Optimization in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Phase-II: A Phase II Randomized Trial