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Withdrawing Life Support for Patients with Brain Injury

2019 03 Jul

The decision to withdraw life support from patients with severe brain injuries is one that cannot be taken lightly. In a study conducted in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), critical care physicians were asked about the decision-making process when it comes to withdrawing life-sustaining treatment.   The qualitative interview study was... Read more

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Xenon limits brain damage following cardiac arrest

2018 16 Oct

Xenon and brain injury. Xenon, a chemically inert but biologically active monatomic gas, has been applied in patients for anaesthesia/sedation, and most recently in the critical care of patients with acute ongoing neurological damage. Following preclinical evidence that xenon has ameliorative activity in several pathobiologic... Read more

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ALERT-TBI study supports new blood test for detecting brain injury

2018 02 Aug

Detection of intracranial injuries relies on head CT, which is overused and resource intensive. Blood-based brain biomarkers hold the potential to predict absence of intracranial injury and thus reduce unnecessary head CT scanning. New research results show that a serum biomarker test, which detects two brain proteins that are present in the blood... Read more

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Reducing Brain Injury After Cardiac Arrest: American Academy of Neurology Practice Guideline

2017 28 May

Therapeutic hypothermia (TH) (32-34°C for 24 hours) should be mandatory practice for patients who are comatose after being resuscitated from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, if the initial cardiac rhythm is either pulseless ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ventricular fibrillation (VF), according to the American Academy of Neurology (AAN)’s newly published... Read more

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Intracranial Pressure Monitoring in TBI: Consensus Statements

2015 22 Oct

Seven consensus statements from a panel of leading international experts in the treatment of severe traumatic brain injury (sTBI) provide a clear interpretation of the results from the BEST TRIP trial, which have led to ongoing debate over the value of intracranial pressure monitoring in sTBI. These new consensus statements, published in Journal of... Read more

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Study: Hypoxia, Hypotension 'Deadly Combo' in TBI

2014 21 Nov

Prehospital hypoxia and hypotension have been known to increase mortality in the setting of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Results of a new study showed that while hypoxia and hypotension increased mortality by four- and threefold respectively, the combination of these two factors further increased mortality by 14-fold. The largest previous study had... Read more