Neurotrauma: Evidence-based Answers to Common Questions

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Winner of Association of American Publishers Clinical Medicine Book Award, 2005

Combining new, evidence-based literature with the hands-on experience of leading specialists, this book provides the practical approach clinicians need, especially when dealing with an emergency situation. Each chapter examines a question frequently encountered during neurotrauma care, offering clear and succinct answers to core topics. Most importantly, internationally recognized experts explain why they agree or disagree with a specific study, adding unique insights into vital patient management issues.

Special highlights:

  • Tightly focused chapters target key questions for quick and easy reference
  • Answers reflect the best available data, ensuring accuracy and underscoring the validity of the authors' recommendations
  • Top authorities in the field draw on their own clinical experience to provide differing viewpoints
  • Valuable coverage of related topics, such as resuscitation methods, classification of head and spinal cord injuries, imaging protocols for head injuries, post-acute care, and more

Through reliable data and respected opinions, this text is sure to improve your diagnostic and decision-making skills. An ideal way to ''confer'' with the experts, it belongs in the libraries of all neurosurgeons, trauma specialists, general surgeons, neurologists, and emergency room physicians.


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ResuscitationandInitial Assessment
Does It Matter How HeadInjured PatientsAre Resuscitated?
What Is the Best Way to Assess and Classify HeadInjured Patients?
What Is the Best Way to Assess and Classify Spinal CordInjured Patients?
When Are Computed Tomography Scans and SkullXRays Indicated for Patients with Minor Head Injury?
What Is the Best Way to Rule Out Spine orSpinal Cord Injury in a Trauma PatientEspecially When Head Injury Is Present?
How Can I Decide That a HeadInjured Patient Cant Be Salvaged?
Issues Common to Head InjuryandSpinal Cord Injury
Should I Use Hypertonic Saline to Treat High Intracranial Pressure?
Does Barbiturate Coma Help to Improve Outcome from Head Injury?
Does Hypothermia Improve Outcome?
Does Decompressive Craniectomy Really Improve Outcome After Head Injury?
What Is the Best Algorithm for Treatin Intracranial Hypertension?
Brain Injury
Which Gets Operated on First and Which Has the Higher Treatment Priority?
When Should HeadInjured Patients with LongBon Fractures Undergo Surgical Treatment of Their Fractures

Can Special Beds Reduce the Incidence of Complications in HeadInjured and Spinal CordInjured Patients?
What Is the Safest Way to Prevent Deep Venous Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism After Head or Spinal Cord Injury? How Soon After Surgery ...
Brain InjuryMonitoring
When and How Should I Monitor Intracranial Pressure?
Should I Monitor Jugular Venous Oxygen Saturation?
Should I Monitor Brain Tissue PO2?
Should I Monitor Cerebral Blood Flow After Traumatic Brain Injury?
Brain Injury
Does Raising Cerebral Perfusion Pressure Help HeadInjured Patients?
What Are the Best Ventilator Settings for HeadInjured Patients? What Is the Role of Hyperventilation
What Is the Optimal Hematocrit and Hemoglobin for HeadInjured Patients?
How Soon Should Patients Receive Nutrition? How Much Which Formulation and by Which Route?
Are There Safe Upper and Lower Limits for Serum Sodium and Serum Osmolality in HeadInjured Patients? Should I Use Hypertonic Saline or Fluid ...
When Should FollowUp Computed Tomography Scans Be Obtained?
Do Patients with Intracranial Pressure Monitors Need Prophylactic Antibiotics?
Do HeadInjured Patients Need Prophylactic Anticonvulsants? For How Long?
Are Steroids Indicated in the Treatment of Head Injury?
Does Following the Recommendations in the Guidelines for the Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Make a Difference in Patient Outcome?
Why Have Therapeutic Trials in Head Injury Been Unable to Demonstrate Benefits?
Brain Injury
At What Level Should I Start Treating Elevated Intracranial Pressure?
Is There a Best Way to Give Mannitol?
When Is It Safe to Extubate a Newly Quadriplegic Patient? When Is Early Tracheostomy Appropriate?
Can I Say No If a Family Wants to Support a Vegetative Patient Indefinitely?
Spinal Cord InjuryGeneral Management of Spinal CordInjured Patients
Does Methylprednisolone Help Patients with Spinal Cord Injury?
Are There New Therapies That Improve Outcome in Spinal CordInjured Patients?
When Is It Safe to Extubate a Newly Quadriplegic Patient? When Is Early Tracheostomy Appropriate?
How Do I Diagnose and Manage SCIWORA?
Spinal Cord Injury
Do I Need to Decompress Patients with Spinal Cord Injury Right Away?
When Is Surgery Indicated for Patients with Gunshot Wounds to the Spine?
Postacute Care
What Is the Outcome of Patients with Mild Moderate or Severe Traumatic Brain Injury?
How Well Can Patients Be Expected to Recover After Spinal Cord Injury?
Does Rehabilitation Facilitate Neurologic Recovery After Spinal Cord Injury?
Sports Medicine
How Soon After Head Injury With or Without Craniotomy Can Patients Resume Contact Sports?
How Important Are Stingers?
Do ReturntoPlay Recommendations After Concussion Differ for High School Collegiate and Professional Athletes?
Trauma Systems
Which Specialty Should Be in Charge of Neurotraum Patients? Do Patients with Head or Spinal Cord Injur Require a Specialized Neurosurgical Inten...
Should HeadInjured Patients Be Taken to the Nearest Hospital or to a Hospital with Neurosurgical Capability That Is Farther Away?

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Dept. of Neurosciences, California Pacific Medical Center; Dept. of Neurological Surgery, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA

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