Potential use of quantitative bedside CBF monitoring (Xe-CT) for decision making in neurosurgical intensive care
Source: British Journal of Neurosurgery, Volume 21, Number 4, August 2007 , pp. 332-339(8)
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Abstract:During a 3-year period, mobile xenon-computerized tomography (Xe-CT) for bedside quantitative assessment of cerebral blood flow was used as an integrated tool for decision making during the care of complicated patients in our neurosurgical intensive care units (NSICU), in an attempt to make a preliminary evaluation regarding the usefulness of this method in routine work in the neurosurgical intensive care. With approximately 200 studies involving 75 patients, we identified six different categories where the use of bedside Xe-CT significantly influenced (or, with more experience, could have influenced) the decision making, or facilitated the handling of patients. These categories included identification of problems not apparent from other types of monitoring, avoidance of adverse effects from treatment, titration of standard treatments, evaluation of the vascular resistance reserve, assessment of adequate perfusion pressure and better utilization of resources from access to the bedside cerebral blood flow (CBF) technology. We conclude that quantitative bedside measurements of CBF could be an important addition to the diagnostic and monitoring arsenal of NSICU-tools.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: August 2007