Treatment of Severe Head Injuries > Overview
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This module discusses the treatment of severe head injuries.

Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Identify the factors affecting intracranial pressure
  • Describe the pathophysiology of intracranial pressure
  • Identify the primary and secondary treatments used in cases of severe head injuries


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