A new way to monitor induced comas

  Automated system could offer better control of patients’ brain states. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, patients are often placed in a coma to give the brain time to heal and allow dangerous swelling to dissipate. These comas, which are induced with anesthesia drugs, can last for days. During that time, nurses must closely monitor patients to make sure their brains are at the right level of sedation — a process that MIT’s Emery Brown describes as “totally inefficient.”  

Emery Brown Photo: Bryce Vickmark

Friday, November 1, 2013