Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi 2019 , Vol 10, Issue 1
Could Nursing Interventions Cause Secondary Brain Insult?
Gülay Altun Uğraş1,Canan Kanat1
1Mersin Üniversitesi, Hemşirelik Fakültesi, Mersin, Türkiye DOI : 10.31067/0.2019.102 As a result of increase in intracranial pressure, decrease in cerebral perfusion pressure, hypotension and decrease in cerebral blood flow secondary brain insult may occur. The main focus of treatment and nursing care in neurosurgical patients is to prevent intracranial pressure increase. But some nursing interventions can also cause secondary brain damage. Routine nursing interventions such as endotracheal suction, oral care, body bath, rotationing and repositioning of patients and clusteringof nursing interventions may cause secondary brain insult by increasing cerebral metabolism rate, decreasing cerebral perfusion pressure and affecting cerebral blood flow. This systematic review aims to provide guidance to nurses about the prevention of secondary brain insult by reviewing the nursing interventions that may cause secondary brain insult in neurosurgical patients in the light of current literature. Keywords : Secondary brain insult, nursing interventions, intracranial pressure, cerebral perfusion pressure