Cerebral Monitoring During Cardiac Arrest

Emergency personnel may soon have a new tool to use during the treatment of critical patients: Cerebral Oximetry.

The technology to monitor brain oxygenation is currently available and being used in hospital facilities. As with all critical monitoring functions proven to be beneficial in critical care units and EDs, there can be beneficial results as well if used in the prehospital setting. It’s not a novel concept to directly monitor the organ of interest to direct and assess therapies. The human brain constitutes 2% of the total body weight, yet the energy-consuming processes that enable the brain to function adequately account for about 25% of total body energy expenditure – and 20% of the oxygen consumption of the whole organism. So it is easy to see the benefits of brain tissue oxygen monitoring. 

Join Kees Polderman, MD, PhD as he explains this evolving diagnostic tool and how trends over time and threshold values are both important when assessing brain function. Dr. Polderman will explain how a combination of monitoring techniques may provide better insight into brain function than a single monitor used alone. 

Sponsored by Masimo. 

Presented by:

Kees Polderman, MD, PhD

Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals