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Neuromonitoring Indications and Utility in the Intensive Care Unit

Author(s): Catherine Haris, PhD, MBA, CRNP

Contact Hours: 1.00

CERP A: 1.00

Expires Jun 01, 2017

Topics: MedicationManagement, Neurology

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Information on the use of neuromonitoring in intensive care units is scattered but significant. Nurses who do not care for neurologically impaired patients on a daily basis may not have a strong understanding of the utility of various neuromonitoring techniques, why they are used, or how they are interpreted. Two main types of neuromonitoring that are frequently seen but poorly understood are reviewed here: transcranial Doppler sonography and electrophysiology. Information on these 2 techniques tends to be either superficial with limited applicability to the critical care setting or very technical. This review provides information about neuromonitoring to help guide critical care nurses providing care to neurologically impaired patients. (Critical Care Nurse.


  • Describe neuromonitoring with transcranial Doppler monitoring and electrophysiology for the neurologically impaired patients
  • Identify normal and abnormal findings with transcranial Doppler monitoring and electrophysiology
  • Discuss the indications, use, and applicability of transcranial Doppler monitoring and electroencephalography in the neurocritical patient

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