Emergency neurological life support: Approach to the patient with coma

J. Stephen Huff, Robert David Stevens, Scott D. Weingart, Wade S. Smith

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Abstract

Coma is an acute failure of neuronal systems governing arousal and awareness and represents a neurological emergency. When encountering a comatose patient, the clinician must have an organized approach to detect easily remedial causes, prevent ongoing neurologic injury, and determine a hierarchy of diagnostic tests, treatments, and neuromonitoring. Coma was chosen as an Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) protocol because timely medical and surgical interventions can be life-saving, and the initial work-up of such patients is critical to establishing a correct diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalNeurocritical Care
Volume17
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2012

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Coma
Emergencies
Nervous System Trauma
Arousal
Routine Diagnostic Tests
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Coma
  • Herniation
  • Hypertonic saline
  • Mannitol
  • Osmolar therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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Emergency neurological life support : Approach to the patient with coma. / Huff, J. Stephen; Stevens, Robert David; Weingart, Scott D.; Smith, Wade S.

In: Neurocritical Care, Vol. 17, No. SUPPL. 1, 09.2012.

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Huff, J. Stephen ; Stevens, Robert David ; Weingart, Scott D. ; Smith, Wade S. / Emergency neurological life support : Approach to the patient with coma. In: Neurocritical Care. 2012 ; Vol. 17, No. SUPPL. 1.
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