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Prophylactic hypothermia


  • Hypothermia may have neuroprotective effects & can reduce ICP

    • Risks: coagulopathy, immunosuppression, cardiac dysrhythmias, death

  • Prophylactic = administered early after injury & prior to ↑ ICP

  • Therapeutic = used as tx for refractory ↑ ICP

  • Early (w/in 2.5 hrs), short-term (48 hrs) prophylaxis is not recommended


Adapted from Guidelines for the Management of Severe TBI, 4th Ed., September 2016, Brain Trauma Foundation.


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