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Journal of Neuroscience Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/JNN.0b013e3181a23e7d

Neuromonitoring in Intensive Care: Focus on Microdialysis and Its Nursing Implications

Presciutti, Mary; Schmidt, J. Michael; Alexander, Sheila



In the article that begins on page 131 of the June 2009 issue, there was an error in the title of Table 1 on page 134. The perfusate flow rate was incorrectly given as 0.3 ml/min; the correct perfusate flow rate is 0.3 μl/min. This error has been noted in the online version of the article, which is available at

Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. 41(4):200, August 2009.

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Neuromonitoring with the microdialysis technique is now being utilized at the bedside. Cerebral metabolism monitoring enables identification of clinical events hours or even days before clinical examination changes, providing clinical staff an opportunity for earlier intervention. Cerebral microdialysis also allows clinicians to evaluate the impact of therapeutics on cerebral metabolism and certain metabolic patterns, which can trigger specific alerts and/or clinical protocols. Cerebral metabolism monitoring through microdialysis can guide clinicians to institute therapeutic measures that prevent the occurrence of secondary injury. This article focuses on the state-of-the-art application of cerebral microdialysis, the rationale for its use, and the nursing implications of this technique.

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