LIVES 2016: Neuromonitoring in acute brain injury

Interesting session on current and future neuromonitoring in acute brain injury – mainly focused on bedside monitoring but also some imaging

Excellent introductory slide from Giuseppe Citerio about options currently available for monitoring so have bumped it to the top:


Also worth looking at – nice review on neurological prognostication after cardiac arrest:

Automated infrared pupillometry – Mauro Oddo

Infrared video pupillometry: infrafred camera, processor and LED calibrated light source in simple handheld device

Two main options:

Neurolight Algi-scan (ID-MED France)


NPi-200 (Neuroptics, USA)


Only moderate inter-rater reliability in pupillary assessments using standard clinical approach i.e. torch and subjective assessment:

Good inter-rater reliability for pupillometry. Big difference between standard assessment v pupillometry:

Quantitative devices also much better at diagnosing pupillary asymmetry (L v R) and therefore highlighting deterioration quicker

In cardiac arrest, during CPR – possible to detect recovery of light reflex with pupillometry. Linked to survival v no reflex:

Awaiting larger cohort study post-arrest – 288 patients included and hoping to present next year at LIVES 2017

Also of potential benefit in acute TBI – predicting uncal herniation:

Non invasive assessment of brain oxygenation – Pierre Bouzat

Firstly NIRS – what exactly are we measuring and how?

Early discussion of limitations. Light scattering by tissues. A fair number of estimations so no actual value for cerebral oxygenation e.g. variation in diffusion path-length factor (DPF) between patients and injuries may affect values .

What anatomical and physiological factors affect NIRS?

  1. Hb
  2. Skull thickness
  3. Area of CSF layer

Caution using NIRS with subdural haemorrahge – may not be able to exclude that you are measuring oxygenation of clot

Extracranial contamination – significantly affect NIRS measurements of cerebral oxygen saturation:

NIRS in subarachnoid haemorrhage: no relationship between absolute rSO2 values and DCI

Tissue oxygen saturation monitoring using MRI – may be a future technique for prognostication:

Question: Could NIRS be more useful as a dynamic variable rather than static number? Overwhelming take home from talk was a lot of concern about use of NIRS outside operating room. Potentially of use post-cardiac arrest and in ECMO

Quantitative EEG: Ready for use by general intensivists? – Giuseppe Citerio

Continuous EEG gives us more information than we had before and as a consequence can potentially do things differently e.g. intervene earlier

Caution though: James Cash Penney – “Theory is splendid but until put into practice, it is valueless”

Options for ICU EEG:

  1. Spot EEG (one occasion)
  2. Continuous EEG
  3. Quantitative EEG

But substantial barriers to adopting routine clinical EEG services on intensive care:

  1. Lack of uniform terminology
  2. No consensus on clinical significance
  3. Infrastructure
  4. Need to simplify complex info so clinicians can quickly ID issues
  5. Personnel – to apply the EEG and interpret results

Important to fully engage neurophysiology services to set up critical care EEG

Also – role of mobile app technology to help adoption on ICU

Potential is huge though