Symptoms and Seizures, Surgery and Survival: The Anatomy of Traumatic Brain Injury

The physiologic characteristics of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), immediate patient assessment priorities, diagnostics, and  management of the patient with severe TBI are discussed. [75 minutes]


Key Content

  • Physiologic concepts:  Intracranial pressure, Monroe-Kellie doctrine, Cerebral blood flow, Autoregulation / Loss of Autoregulation in TBI
  • Mechanism of Injury: Primary vs. secondary brain injury
  • Glasgow Coma Scale Score (GCS)
  • Skull Fractures and Diffuse Axonal Injury:  Case Study: “Spencer’s Severe TBI," Highlights - Mechanical Ventilation, Analgesia and Sedation, Fluid Resuscitation, Hypertension in TBI, Brief Introduction to CT Scan Interpretation, ICP Monitoring, Mannitol and Hypertonic Saline, Serum Sodium, Seizure and DVT Prophylaxis 
  • CTE: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy