A 48-year-old member asked:

How would patient be treated if they were admitted to the e.r. with severe head trauma?

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 48 years experience
Head trauma: In the er patient is quickly assessed, stabilized with regards to blood pressure, pulse rate, blood transfusion if blood needed- most important airway maintainance. After stabilization the patient is sent to radiology for necessary ct scans. Meanwhile a neurosurgeon is called if available.
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Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology 38 years experience
Treat raised ICP: In addition to the basic ABC's of trauma care. Cross table x-rays are obtained to exclude high cervical fracture. If there is evidence of raised intracranial pressure the head is elevated above the level of the heart. The paiteint may be intubated to secure the airway and to hyperventilate the patient to lower the intracranial pressure. An ICP monitoring device might be installed.
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Last updated Oct 19, 2017


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