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
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.