Despite increases in survival beyond the initial hemorrhage, the devastating consequences of subarachnoid hemorrhage persist. Ruptured intracranial aneurysms are the most likely cause of subarachnoid hemorrhage, with morbidity and mortality rates approaching 75%. Complications arising from aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage include rebleeding, delayed cerebral ischemia, hydrocephalus, hypothalamic dysfunction, and seizure activity. In order to positively influence outcome after subarachnoid hemorrhage, preservation of an adequate cerebral blood flow and prevention of secondary aneurysmal rupture is essential. This article reviews aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, relating the management of complications to currently accepted treatment strategies
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Advances in Neuroscience| November 01 1991
Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: Neurosurgical Frontiers and Nursing Challenges
Helen A. Cook, RN, BSN
From the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.
Reprint requests to Helen A. Cook, RN, BSN, NSICU, Box 3535, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1991) 2 (4): 665–674.
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Helen A. Cook; Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: Neurosurgical Frontiers and Nursing Challenges. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 November 1991; 2 (4): 665–674. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/15597768-1991-4006
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