Encephalitis

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Encephalitis
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2009-11-21 16:30:11
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Encephalitis
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  1. Encephalitis Info
    • inflammation of the brain and meninges
    • affects crebrus, brainstem & cerebellum
    • usually caused by viral agent
    • mild to severe
    • mild= flu like symptoms/plenty of rest and pain reliever
    • severe = headache, sudden fever, drowsiness, vomiting, seizures, confusion
    • life threatening/learning disabilities, epilepsy, memory deficits
    • starts out as a viral infection somewhere else in the body and travels to the brain via blood
    • transmitted by mosquitos and ticks
  2. Encephalitis Assessment
    • high fever
    • motor dysfunction
    • N/V
    • photophobia
    • stiff neck
    • fatigue
    • changes in mental status
    • assess with Glascow Coma Scale
    • increased ICP
    • assess cranial nerves
    • vitals for: widened pulse pressure, bradycardia, irregular respirations
  3. Encephalitis Interventions
    • protect from mosquitos
    • maintain airway
    • support body
    • HOB 30 degrees
    • tracheal suctioning
    • vitals every 2 hours
    • room dark & quiet
  4. Encephalitis Drug Therapy
    Acyclovir

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