Undertaking a systematic assessment of patients with a traumatic brain injury
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Undertaking a systematic assessment of patients with a traumatic brain injury

Andrew Parry Lecturer in Adult Nursing, School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your understanding of the pathophysiology of traumatic brain injury (TBI)

  • To recognise the importance of history taking in patients with a suspected TBI

  • To improve your knowledge of how to undertake a systematic assessment of a patient with a suspected TBI

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a time-critical injury, which means it is essential that patients with suspected TBI are assessed promptly and systematically using an approach such as ABCDE (airway, breathing, circulation, disability, exposure). Existing or emerging abnormal physiological parameters must be identified and addressed to maintain adequate brain perfusion, limit neurological cell death and minimise long-term disability. This article explains the pathophysiology of TBI and outlines the elements of a systematic patient assessment using the ABCDE approach.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2020.e11551

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

ParryA7@cardiff.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Parry A (2020) Undertaking a systematic assessment of patients with a traumatic brain injury. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2020.e11551

Published online: 02 November 2020

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