Neurologic monitoring in the ICU

Christina Marie Amidei*

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While structure of the central nervous system (CNS) is evaluated through diagnostic tests such as computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging, CNS function requires special monitoring techniques. These techniques are particularly useful adjuncts to the clinical examination, especially in the critically ill patient. Monitoring techniques include intracranial pressure monitoring, cerebral blood flow monitoring, cerebral hemodynamic assessment, and electrophysiologic monitoring. Rationale and specific applications are unique to each technique. Nursing considerations focus on knowledge of rationale for monitoring, providing safe patient care, validating appropriateness of interventions based on monitoring, and investigating the relationship of monitoring to outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-60
Number of pages14
JournalCritical Care Nursing Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998


  • Cerebral blood flow
  • Cerebral hemodynamics
  • Computerized EEG
  • Intracranial pressure
  • Monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care

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