Administering Hypertonic Saline to Patients With Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Diane Schretzman Mortimer; Jon Jancik

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J Neurosci Nurs. 2006;38(3):142-146. 

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Summary

Hypertonic saline is an important part of the treatment of patients with severe TBI. HTS can prevent and treat cerebral edema and its disastrous sequelae. Its complex physiologic actions mandate that HTS administration include careful monitoring of laboratory values and vigilant assessment for potential side effects. Neuroscience nurses who administer HTS to these vulnerable patients must provide safe, high-quality collaborative care.

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