Nowadays, it is very difficult (perhaps even impossible) to make a good prediction of the neurological outcome of patients suffering from postanoxic encephalopathy after for example, cardiac arrest. Currently available methods to examine the neurological status of the patient's brain and to predict the patient's neurological outcome, are subjective and mostly not applicable in this group of patients (because of the use of sedatives). The aim of this project is to investigate whether it is possible to make a correct (and objective) prediction of the neurological outcome of patients suffering from postanoxic encephalopathy, using continuous EEG monitoring.
As a part of another project, the EEG of sixty patients suffering from cardiac arrest will continuously be monitored, shortly after they entered the intensive care unit for treatment with mild hypothermia. The resulting EEG data will be used in this project, to investigate if it is possible to develop a quantitative EEG analysis method which predicts the neurological outcome of patients suffering from postanoxic encephalopathy.
This graduation project is part of the PHD project of Marleen Cloostermans.
Prof. Dr. Ir. M.J.A.M. van Putten (Medisch Spectrum Twente and University of Twente)
Dr. Ir. T. Heida (University of Twente)