Evaluating Induced Hypothermia (IH) in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) patients admitted to the Neuro ICU at University Hospital in San Antonio
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a common and often devastating injury. In the past decade, new evidence in support of the use of Induced Hypothermia (IH) for TBI has surfaced. Although routine use of IH for TBI is still debated, due to the paucity of controlled clinical trials, and inconsistencies in cooling procedures, treatment initiation, and duration, but use of IH is one of the therapeutic options in refractory high ICP.
We hypothesized that among the patients who admitted to the hospital with TBI with persistently elevated Intracranial Pressure (ICP), use of therapeutic hypothermia decreases the duration of poorly controlled ICP and better outcome. We are aiming to show that IH in refractory ICP patients with TBI compare to traditional medical manegemnt decreases the duration of poorly controlled ICP and also we aim to report mortality, length of stay and complications in this population in our center.
The evaluation is being conducted under the guidance of Dr. Ali Seifi, MD, FACP by: