Emergency Neurologic Life Support: Meningitis and Encephalitis
Neurocritical Care , 09/13/2012
Gaieski DF et al. – This protocol provides a practical approach to recognition of and urgent treatment for bacterial meningitis and HSE, including imaging and spinal fluid analysis, and discusses the choice of empirical treatments until the cause of infection is determined. Though uncommon in its full form, the typical clinical triad of headache, fever, and neck stiffness should alert the clinical practitioner to the syndromes. Early attention to the airway and maintaining normotension is crucial in treatment of these patients, as is rapid treatment with anti–infectives and, in some cases, corticosteroids.