Date Added: 15/09/2017

Date Updated: 15/09/2017

Therapeutic hypothermia for intracranial hypertension following traumatic brain injury

Specialties: Neurology & neurosurgery

Technology Type: Devices - Procedures

Stage of development: Established

Stage of EAA: Assessment Complete

Description, patients and keywords:

A body of high-level but inconsistent evidence was identified on the topic of therapeutic hypothermia for patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) compared to standard normothermic care.

Recent evidence suggests that therapeutic hypothermia for traumatic brain injury is inferior to standard clinical care. Indeed, there is some evidence that therapeutic hypothermia may result in poorer neurological outcomes.

HealthPACT recommends that therapeutic hypothermia should not be routinely used to treat patients with traumatic brain injury.

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