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Neurosurgery. 1989 Jul;25(1):20-4.

Complications of intracranial pressure monitoring in trauma patients.

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Department of Neurosurgery, University of Tennessee, Memphis.


A retrospective review of 175 intracranial pressure (ICP) monitors placed in 140 trauma patients over a recent 3-year period showed a 10.3% infection rate. Factors that were related to the development of an ICP monitor-related infection included: 1) duration of monitoring; 2) requirement for serial monitors; and 3) concurrent infection at other sites. These findings are discussed in light of the related literature concerning ICP monitoring and recommendations made to decrease the incidence of infection-related complications.

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