Monitoring intracranial pressure (ICP) is a standard of care for brain-injured patients at risk for intracranial hypertension. Understanding the principles of ICP will assist the clinician in assessment and management to reduce the risk of secondary brain injury in this patient population.

At the end of this series, the health care professional will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamental principles of intracranial pressure
  • Differentiate between internal and external transducers
  • Analyze ICP pulse waves
  • Identify nursing considerations for a patient with ICP monitoring

Course Curriculum

Part I
Principles of ICP Part I – Intracranial Pressure Explained 00:07:00
Part II
Principles of ICP Part II – Anatomy and Flow of the Ventricular System 00:05:00
Part III
Principles of ICP Part III – Locations of ICP Monitoring 00:06:00
Part IV
Principles of ICP Part IV – Internal and External Transducing 00:06:00
Part V
Principles of ICP Part V – External Ventricular Drains – Measuring ICP 00:06:00
Part VI
Principles of ICP Part VI – ICP Waveform Analysis 00:08:00
Part VII
Principles of ICP Part VII – Advanced ICP Waveform Analysis 00:07:00
Part VIII
Principles of ICP Part VIII – Herniation 00:08:00
Part IX
Principles of ICP Part IX – Elevated ICP Signs & Symptoms 00:07:00
Part X
Principles of ICP Part X – Cushing’s Triad 00:07:00
Part XI
Principles of ICP Part XI – ICP Management Nursing Considerations 00:09:00
Part XII
Principles of ICP Part XII – Intrahospital Transport of the Neuro Patient 00:08:00
Quiz
Principles of ICP – The Quiz 00:20:00

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