Review ArticleThe acute care of traumatic brain injuryDe Deyne, Cathy S.I.Author Information Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, Eastern Limburg General Hospital ZOL, Genk, Belgium Correspondence to Cathy S.I. De Deyne, MD, PhD, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg ZOL - Campus Sint-Jan, Schiepse Bos 6, B-3600 Genk, Belgium. Tel: +32 89 325 616; fax: +32 89 325 651; e-mail: [email protected] Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology: October 2001 - Volume 14 - Issue 5 - p 475-481 Buy Abstract During the past few decades, management of acute traumatic brain injury has advanced substantially on several fronts. Implementation of rapid transport systems and the advent of trauma centres, together with advances in emergency medicine, critical care medicine and trauma neurosurgery, have improved outcome following head injury. Technological advances made during the past years in the field of invasive neuromonitoring that provide real-time information on brain oxygenation may further improve outcome by enabling individualized therapies for intracranial hypertension. Furthermore, these recent technological advances will provide insights into the pathophysiological processes that are active in traumatic brain injury and a better understanding of the biochemical effects of specific therapeutic regimens. © 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.