Depending on the type of brain injury, different kinds of
equipment will be used. Some common equipment is shown in the picture
below. Ask a member of the health care team if you have any questions
Monitor: A machine that shows heart rate, breathing, blood
pressure, intracranial pressure, and cerebral perfusion pressure.
Head Dressing: A bandage around
the head used to keep the wound or incision clean and dry.
ICP Monitor: A small tube placed into or
just on top of the brain through a small hole in the skull. This will
measure the amount of pressure inside the brain (intracranial
Nasogastric Tube (NG): A tube
placed through the nose into the stomach that can be used to suction
the stomach or provide liquid formula directly into the stomach.
Endotracheal Tube: A tube inserted
through the patient's nose or mouth into the trachea (windpipe) to
help with breathing and suctioning.
EKG Lead Wires: Wires connected to
the chest with small patches that measure the heart rate and
Intravenous Catheter (IV) and
Intravenous Fluid: A flexible catheter which allows fluid,
nutrients, and medicine to be given directly into a vein.
Ventilator: A machine used in the
Intensive Care Unit to support the patient in their own breathing or
give the patient breaths.
Anti-Embolism Stockings (Frequently
call TEDS): Long white stockings used to help prevent the pooling
of blood in the legs.
Stockings (Frequently called Kendalls): Plastic leg wraps that
help prevent blood clots by inflating and deflating around the
Urinary “Foley” Catheter: A
tube inserted into the bladder to drain and allow for accurate
measurement of urine.