Understanding Cerebral Edema: Osmotic, Cyotoxic, Hydrostatic and Vasogenic, Oh My

Author(s): Michelle Dedeo

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP A 1.25

Expires Nov 15, 2026

Topics: Neurology

Population: Pediatric, Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Cerebral edema and increased intracranial pressure can develop from a multitude of medical and traumatic diagnoses and without prompt treatment can result in severe secondary brain injury. This session provides a foundational discussion of the pathophysiologic variations of vasogenic, cytotoxic, hydrostatic and osmotic cerebral edema. The evidence supporting treatment, management and prevention best practices is reviewed in support of early intervention for the best possible patient outcomes.


  • Discuss the various pathologies of cerebral edema: cytotoxic, osmotic, hydrostatic and vasogenic.
  • Analyze the evidence and practice guidelines for management of cerebral edema based on pathophysiology.
  • Examine patient case studies utilizing best evidence for nursing and medical management of cerebral edema.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

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.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.25 contact hours.

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