Journal article

Effects of Routine Position Changes and Tracheal Suctioning on Intracranial Pressure in Traumatic Brain Injury Patients

Anatole Harrois, James R Anstey, Adam M Deane, Sally Craig, Andrew A Udy, Robert McNamara, Rinaldo Bellomo

Journal of Neurotrauma | MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC | Published : 2020

Abstract

Patient position change and tracheal suctioning are routine interventions in mechanically ventilated traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients. We sought to better understand the impact of these interventions on intracranial pressure (ICP) and cerebral hemodynamics. We conducted a prospective study in TBI patients requiring ICP monitoring. The timing of position changes and suctioning episodes were recorded with concurrent blood pressure and ICP measurements. We collected data on 460 patient position changes and 204 suctioning episodes over 2404 h in 18 ventilated patients (mean age 34 [13] years, median Glasgow Coma Score 4 [3-7]). We recorded 24 (20-31) positioning and 11 (6-18) suctioning epi..

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