Respiratory Management for Traumatic Brain Injury
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Respiratory Assessment of TBI Patient
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In the acute stages of TBI, the aims of management in the Intensive Care Unit are to maintain oxygen delivery in order to limit secondary neurological damage. Mechanical ventilation is commonly used with 3 aims: 1. To prevent/minimise hypoxia 2. To prevent/minimise hypercapnia 3. To protect the airway from risk of aspiration. It is acknowledged that difficulties are frequently encountered when weaning these patients from mechanical ventilation. A number of recent studies have investigated the use of protective ventilation in the early stages following TBI.
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