Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science




Nancy Reid, DHSc, PA-C


Intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring has been a mainstay of the treatment of patients with traumatic closed head injuries. Recent literature from randomized control studies show no significant change in outcomes with aggressive ICP monitoring. There has also not been an improvement in functional outcomes or decrease in mortality ICP monitoring despite over a decade of outing placement. There are risks and complications associated with placement of ICP monitors which need to be weighed against the benefits of monitoring. With previous retrospective articles demonstrating improvement with intervention, further research is needed to examine the effect of ICP monitoring on morbidity and mortality for patients with a closed head injury.


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