|My patient's ICP has increased, but is not responding to drainage. What could cause this problem?|
|1. The stopcock could be open to pressure monitoring but closed to drainage.
2. The drainage unit could be positioned higher than the pressure in the patient's head.
3. The catheter may be blocked.
NOTE: If the cause of the problem is either #3 or #4, the problem requires medical intervention (i.e. catheter flushing or medical intervention to treat the ICP).
Clinical Educator, CCTC
Updated: November 7, 2018