Cerebral Oxygenation Monitoring

A Strategy to Detect Intraventricular Hemorrhage and Periventricular Leukomalacia

Heather E. Elser, MSN, RN, NNP-BC, CNS, PhD Student; Diane Holditch-Davis, PhD, RN, FAAN; Debra H. Brandon, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN


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Measurement of Cerebral Blood Flow and Cerebral Oxygenation

Actual cerebral blood flow is difficult to measure in premature infants because the most accurate measurement methods including single-photon emission computed tomography, positron emission tomography, and radionuclide angiography[32] require radioactive material that is not recommended for use in infants.[33] Doppler ultrasound and cerebral oximetry are noninvasive, indirect measures of cerebral blood flow in infants.[33] Doppler ultrasound focuses on provider-selected cerebral arteries or veins to measure cerebral blood flow,[21] but it requires an ultrasound technician at the bedside to gather data that must then be interpreted by a radiologist.[34] In addition, studies using Doppler ultrasound do not provide guidance for continuous clinical decision making. Cerebral oximetery measures cerebral oxygenation without use of radioactive materials[33,35] or requiring additional personnel for interpretation at the bedside.


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