Respiratory and cardiovascular support
Maintenance of normal oxygenation, ventilation and perfusion (the ABC of resuscitation) is essential in the neurological patient to prevent secondary neurological injury or exacerbation of the underlying condition. In addition, correction of hypoxaemia, hypercapnia and poor perfusion are the most important strategies for reducing intracranial pressure (ICP). The type and extent of supportive care required will depend on the cause of respiratory and/or cardiovascular impairment and the severity of disruption to normal oxygenation, ventilation and perfusion. Techniques for maintaining normal respiratory and cardiovascular function and, therefore, adequate oxygen delivery to the tissues are outlined in this chapter.
|Publication Type:||Book Chapter|
|Murdoch Affiliation:||School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences|
|Publisher:||Manson Publishing Ltd|
|Notes:||For further information about the book see the Australian distributor's website http://www.medicalsciences.com.au/book/9781840761528/Small-Animal-Neurological-Emergencies-H-C|
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