external ventricular drain


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external ventricular drain

a ventricular catheter connected to a drainage system and a closed collection bag. It allows the clinician to control fluid flow and, to some extent, pressure in the cranial vault.
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External ventricular drain infection: Improved technique can reduce infection rates.
The value of routine cultures of the cerebrospinal fluid in patients with external ventricular drains.
External ventricular drain days, as well as the incidence of ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement, were not different between groups Ventilator days did not differ significantly between groups, although the incidence of tracheostomy placement was less than half in the intervention group (36.
Infection rate and risk factors associated with infections related to external ventricular drain.
In the development of the guideline, nurse experts reviewed the published literature from 2000 to December 2010 using PubMed/ Medline, Embase, and the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, and the search included the following terms: intracranial pressure monitoring device, intracranial pressure waveform, external ventricular drain, lumbar drain, indwelling catheters, drainage, cerebrospinal fluid, ventriculostomy, and nursing.
Group 16 - Set to drain without an external ventricular drain to
A temporary external ventricular drain may be inserted after a shunt is removed, which allows the CSF to be examined to determine sterility after intravenous antibiotic treatment and can serve as a route for antibiotic administration directly into the ventricular system if needed (Drake & Sainte-Rose).
Nurses care for critically acute patients after receiving tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), monitor and maintain lumbar and external ventricular drains, and are required to accompany critical care patients to tests and procedures.
External ventricular drains were placed in both ventricles for decompression.
Ventriculitis in children who have external ventricular drains (EVD) is associated with the duration that EVDs are in situ.
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