Nursing implications of the intracarotid amobarbital procedure.

J. N. Tackenberg, G. L. Ahern, A. M. Herring, R. Hutzler

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The intracarotid amobarbital procedure, by inactivation of each hemisphere, provides the opportunity to evaluate language and memory function of the individual considering epilepsy surgery. Careful explanation of this procedure, and its importance to the proposed surgery are vital to the patient's cooperation and performance during this examination. The neuroscience nurse has a significant role in the success of this procedure. Nursing interventions include patient education, monitoring for potential complications, providing comfort measures, and assisting in the management of any life-threatening complications which do develop. A relatively little-known procedure outside of comprehensive epilepsy centers, the IAP offers opportunities for nursing research. These queries include investigation of emotional reactions in relation to gender differences, cultural and educational factors which may effect stimulus selection (eg, bilingual patients) and patient performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-318
Number of pages10
JournalThe Journal of neuroscience nursing : journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Medical–Surgical


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