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Intracranial Pressure
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Increased Intracranial Pressure

 17 year old male  who plays football at the High School level has presented to the emergency department with altered level of consciousness.   Has a history of three epsiodes of loss of consciousness.     Source:  Lewis, S. (2007).  Medical-surgical nursing:  Assessment and management of clinical problems (7th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Mosby Elsevier.  


The overall goals are that the patient with increased ICP will have ICP within normal limits, maintain a patent airway, demonstrate normal fluid and electrolyte balance, and have no complications secondary to immobility and decresed LOC

maintenance of respiratory function



no suctioning/coughing

abdominal distention


fluid and electrolyte balance

I&O, daily weights

glucose, Na+, K+

monitoring of intracranial pressure


body position

HOB up

slow and gentle

avoid valsalva maneuvers

avoid extreme hip flexion

protection from injury

confusion, agitation

seizure percautions

avoid restraints

quiet nonstimulating environment

family presence

psychologic considerations

simple explanations




brain tissue


cerebrospinal fluid


change in level of consciousness

change in vital signs

Cushings Triad, increasing systolic pressure, bradycardia, irregular respiratory pattern

ocular signs

decrease in motor function




computed tomography (CT) scan

magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

skull and spinal x-ray studies

electroencephalogram (EEG)


laboratory studies

complete blood count (CB)

coagulation profile


arterial blood gases (ABGs)

ammonia level

general drug and toxicology screen

CSF protein, lumbar puncture

Nursing Diagnoses

Ineffective tissue perfusion (cerebral)

Decreased intracranial adaptive capacity

Risk for disuse dyndrome

Interupted family processes

Collaborative Care

The goals of management are to identify and treat the underlying cause of increased ICP and to support brain function.


ABG analysis guides therapy, endotracheal intubation, mechnical ventilation

drug therapy

osmotic diuretics


high-dose barbiturates

hyperventilation therapy

target CO2 to 30-35 mm Hg

nutritional therapy

enteral nutrition

parenteral nutrition

fluid therapy - keep normovolemic