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Identifying the Signs of Increased ICP

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Course Overview

Identifying the Signs of Increased ICP

Author: Tiffany Jakubowski

Caring for a patient with traumatic injuries means paying attention to a lot of different signs and symptoms at once, which is why these patients are often kept in the intensive care unit (ICU) or other higher level of care. A patient may initially be considered stable enough for a medical, surgical, or telemetry floor but then need to be transferred to a higher level of care because of a worsening condition. One sign of a worsening condition is increasing intracranial pressure (ICP). Increased ICP can cause seizures, herniation of brain tissue, brain death, or patient death. It is important that all nurses are aware of the signs of increased ICP so they can act quickly to support their patients and prevent a potentially fatal outcome.   

Course Outline

  1. Introduction 
  2. Causes of Increased ICP 
  3. Vital Sign Changes 
  4. Behavior Changes 
  5. Conclusion 
  6. References

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss the importance of identifying ICP in patients. It will take the average learner 90 minutes to complete.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will rate 4 out of 5 on the Likert Scale for their ability to:

  1. Identify three causes of increased ICP.  
  2. Identify three behavior changes that can occur with increased ICP.  
  3. List three vital sign changes that can occur with increased ICP.  

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts, or any contributors have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Course created on: July 28, 2021

Course Expires on: July 28, 2024

Course Offering: #115