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

Neurocritical Care · Neuroprotection · Thermoregulation · Traumatic Brain Injury

TTM – New Guidelines from NCS

Targeted temperature management (TTM) as a neuroptotective strategy is applied in a number of scenarios; post-ROSC in cardiac arrest, neonatal asphyxia, traumatic brain injury, to name some. The Neurocritical Care Society have taken it upon themselves to formulate an evidence-based guideline to ┬áthe implementation and practical management of TTM in a number of settings. Although… Continue reading TTM – New Guidelines from NCS

Neurocritical Care · Seizure Control · Thermoregulation

HYBERNATUS Trial: Hypothermia Not Associated With Better Outcomes in Status Epilepticus

Results from the HYBERNATUS trial were just published in the New England Journal of Medicine by Legriel et al. This study recruited 270 patients with convulsive status epilepticus, randomized to either therapeutic hypothermia (32-34 C) or normothermia. All patients were intubated and on controlled ventilation when included. All received standard antiepileptic pharmacological treatment. Primary outcome… Continue reading HYBERNATUS Trial: Hypothermia Not Associated With Better Outcomes in Status Epilepticus

ICP/CPP management · Neuroprotection · TBI General · Thermoregulation · Traumatic Brain Injury

Eurotherm 3235 Trial

The long-awaited Eurotherm trial was published in NEJM in autumn 2015. The premise of the study was to examine the impact of induced hypothermia on outcomes after traumatic brain injury. In a multi center randomized controlled trial patients were allocated to either therapeutic hypothermia (32-35 degrees) or the control group (standard care, normothermia). The study… Continue reading Eurotherm 3235 Trial

Neuroprotection · Thermoregulation

Cochrane Review – Hypothermia for Neuroprotection after Cardiac Arrest

Just off the press: Cochrane Collaboration Review of the use of therapeutic hypothermia after cardiopulmonary resuscitation. “Evidence of moderate quality suggests that conventional cooling methods provided to induce mild therapeutic hypothermia improve neurological outcome after cardiac arrest, specifically with better outcomes than occur with no temperature management” The updated Cochrane review goes a long way… Continue reading Cochrane Review – Hypothermia for Neuroprotection after Cardiac Arrest

Aneurysm Surgery · Neuroprotection · Thermoregulation

From the IHAST Investigators: Effects of intraoperative hypothermia on neuropsychological outcomes after intracranial aneurysm surgery

“There was no difference in the incidence of impairment between hypothermic and normothermic groups” Abstract: Effects of intraoperative hypothermia on neuropsychological outcomes after intracranial aneurysm surgery. Ann Neurol 2006. Anderson et al.