What to do in traumatic brain injury

Category: Emergency Club


Chiara Valtolina DVM, Dipl ACVECC, Dipl ECVECC
Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals,
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Utrecht University

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About The Webinar

Traumatic brain injury is a common emergency presentation in veterinary patients, especially after a traumatic accident. It is important that the emergency clinician recognizes rapidly the clinical signs and presentation of traumatic brain injury and initiates rapidly the stabilization of the patient to limit any further neurological damage. Stabilization should include: oxygen therapy and monitoring of adequacy of ventilation, fluid therapy to restore brain and general perfusion, therapy directed to address a possible increase in intracranial pressure and adequate analgesia. The patient with neurological trauma should be closed monitored for the next 24-48 ore; the use of the Glasgow modified coma scale will allow us to monitor over time the patient and to have at 24-48 h a more precise prognosis.

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