Highs and Lows of Sodium and What This Means for Your Critically Ill Neuroscience Patient

Author(s): Patricia Blissitt

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Dec 15, 2026

Topics: Endocrine

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Disorders of sodium, including syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone (SIADH), cerebral salt wasting (CSW) and diabetes insipidus (DI) are the most common electrolyte imbalances in critically ill neuroscience patients. This intermediate-level lecture includes a discussion of the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic workup and management of sodium disorders in traumatic brain injury, stroke, central nervous system infections and brain tumors. Case studies are included.


  • Discuss the pathophysiology of syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone, cerebral salt sasting and diabetes insipidus.
  • Describe the clinical presentation and consequences of SIADH, CSW and DI.
  • Summarize the management of the critically ill neuroscience patient with SIADH, CSW and DI.

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Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


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