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Neurointensive Care
  1. Lt Col J K Ralph, MB ChB FRCA RAMC, Consultant Anaesthetists1 and
  2. T Lowes1
  1. 116 Close Medical Regiment, Merville Barracks, Colchester Essex CO2 7NZ 07986 087812 jamesralph4{at}


The majority of neurological admissions to military Intensive Care will be for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). These injuries will be either penetrating from fragmentation or missiles or blunt due to blast or impact. Intensive Care management of TBI is focused on the prevention of secondary brain injury due to insults such as hypoxia, hypotension and low Cerebral Perfusion Pressure. This management is based largely on comprehensive evidence based guidelines produced by the Brain Trauma Foundation. The most significant dilemma faced by UK military intensivists is whether we should be measuring Intracranial Pressure in patient with severe TBI in the deployed setting; and if so what technique should be used.

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