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  1. Yanko, Janette R. RN, MN, CNRN
  2. Mitcho, Karen RN, MSN, CCRN

Abstract

Preservation or restoration of optimal neurologic function following traumatic brain injury (TBI) requires timely and aggressive therapeutic interventions. Effective diagnostic tools, together with an armamentarium of treatment modalities, have augmented the treatment strategies utilized today. In addition, the Guidelines for the Management of Severe Head Injury have established a standardized approach for the TBI patient. This article will provide current information regarding the resuscitation priorities, appropriate interventions, and pharmacological agents used in the treatment required by the complex nature of TBI. Also, a review of the occurrences associated with TBI will be discussed.