ABSTRACT: As a neurology nurse at a referral centre, nursing both canine and feline patients with intracranial disease is quite a common occurrence. It is important to understand how the body is affected and therefore recognise clinical signs that are portrayed in patients, at risk of or those suffering from raised intracranial pressure (ICP). If left untreated, the animal can suffer detrimental effects such as brain herniation and death. The article will discuss many nursing skills that can help nurses recognise these clinical signs and also tips to prevent a further increase in ICP both in the conscious and anaesthetised patient.


Daniella Sines RVN BSC(Hons) Grad Dip VN

My name is Daniella Sines. I qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2009 from the Royal Veterinary College after completing a BSc(Hons) degree in veterinary nursing. I started working at North Downs Specialist Referrals in Surrey that same year to the present day and since 2013 have been working as a neurology nurse. In 2015 I completed the graduate diploma in professional and clinical vet-erinary nursing (Grad Dip VN) from the Royal Veterinary College.

Email: daniella.sines@ndsrco.uk

Keywords: ICP; herniation; brain; nursing; MGCS

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 35 (09-12) • September-December 2020 •


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