Acute Cerebrovascular Conditions · Air Embolism · Aneurysm Surgery · Cervical Spine Surgery · General Topics · Haemodynamics · ICP/CPP management · Intracranial Surgery General · Ischaemic Stroke · Neuroanaesthesia · Neuromonitoring · Neurovascular Surgery · Perioperative Management · Sedation · Seizure Control · Subarachnoid Haemorrhage · Thoracolumbar Spine Surgery · US Guidelines · Ventilation and Oxygenation

SNACC – How to Handle Neuroanaesthetic Emergencies

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

Fluid Management · Neuroanaesthesia · Osmotherapy · Paediatrics · Perioperative Management

Balanced Crystalloids Better Than Isotonic Saline for Craniotomy in Kids?

In this interesting trial by Lima and colleagues, with findings published recently in the Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology, the authors compare normal saline (NS) with a balanced crystalloid as a maintenance fluid for elective tumour resection in paediatric patients. Their main endpoint was change in serum chloride from baseline to end of surgery. Perhaps unsurprisingly… Continue reading Balanced Crystalloids Better Than Isotonic Saline for Craniotomy in Kids?

ICP/CPP management · Neurocritical Care · Neuroprotection · Neurotrauma · Thermoregulation · Traumatic Brain Injury

POLAR RCT – Don’t Worry, Thermoregulation Isn’t Dead Quite Yet

POLAR RCT is probably the most anticipated neurotrauma trial of the year and its findings were finally presented at this year’s ESICM congress in Paris. Before I comment on what POLAR RCT is all about, it’s worth taking some time to consider what this trial is NOT about. It does not deal specifically with TBI… Continue reading POLAR RCT – Don’t Worry, Thermoregulation Isn’t Dead Quite Yet

Basic Sciences & Physiology · Fluid Management · General Topics · Neurocritical Care · Neuroprotection · Osmotherapy

Hyponatraemia and the Brain – Review

I came across this useful little review in Kidney International Reports covering a subject I always find difficult to grasp: sodium disturbances and their influence on the brain. The article delves into the matter in a concise and understandable way, making it just about  manageable even for an anaesthetist.

Acute Cerebrovascular Conditions · European Guidelines · Fluid Management · Haemodynamics · Osmotherapy · Subarachnoid Haemorrhage · Traumatic Brain Injury

Fluid Therapy in Neurointensive Care patients – An ESICM Recommendation

Just published: the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine´s consensus document on fluid administration in the NICU. It covers all manner of neurocritical conditions and sums up the available evidence for various fluid therapy approaches. As expected there are few recommendations that aren´t already well established and by now fairly uncontroversial (multimodal monitoring, avoiding colloids,… Continue reading Fluid Therapy in Neurointensive Care patients – An ESICM Recommendation

Basic Sciences & Physiology · Haemodynamics · ICP/CPP management · Neurocritical Care · Neuromonitoring · Traumatic Brain Injury

Cerebral Autoregulation – What do we know?

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?

Decompressive Surgery · discussions · ICP/CPP management · TBI General · Traumatic Brain Injury

RESCUEicp Trial Results Finally Out: Craniectomy in TBI Lowers Mortality, But Survivors Suffer Worse Neurological Outcomes

After completing recruitment of some 408 TBI patients in 2014, the RESCUEicp group finally published the results from this eagerly awaited trial. The article by Hutchinson et al, titled Trial of Decompressive Craniectomy for Traumatic Intracranial Hypertension, was published on September 7th in the New England Journal of Medicine. So let´s go straight to the core: The study… Continue reading RESCUEicp Trial Results Finally Out: Craniectomy in TBI Lowers Mortality, But Survivors Suffer Worse Neurological Outcomes