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C.A. Apetrei, C. Gheorghita, A. Tascu, A.St. Iencean, Tsz-Yan Milly Lo, Ian Piper and St.M. Iencean

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The complete name of this ERA-NET NEURON Grant is “Paediatric Brain Monitoring with Information Technology (KidsBrainIT). Using IT Innovations to Improve Childhood Traumatic Brain Injury Intensive Care Management, Outcome, and Patient Safety”. The Project Coordinators are Ms. Dr. Tsz-Yan Milly Lo (Consultant Paediatric Intensivist and Research Lead in Paediatric Critical Care Medicine ) and Ian Piper from University of Edinburgh, UK and the partners are: Prof. Bart Depreitere and his team from Neurosurgery & Intensive Care Research Group, University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium; Prof. Juan Sahuquillo and his team from Department of Neurosurgery, Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, Barcelona, Spain and the Romanian team with doctors CA Apetrei, C Gheorghita and A Tascu as principal investigators in three different hospitals. This material is based on the scientific project proposal with the basic project data. The aim of this grant is to test two clinically relevant hypotheses: after sustaining traumatic brain injury (TBI), paediatric patients with a longer period of measured cerebral perfusion pressure (CPP) maintained within the calculated optimal CPP (CPPopt) have an improved global clinical outcome and better tolerance against raised intracranial pressure (ICP). Paediatric TBI patients requiring intensive care are recruited from more contributing centres in 4 different countries. Their anonymised routinely collected bedside physiological monitoring data in minute-resolutions linking with anonmyised clinical and outcome data are exported and archived in the central KidsBrainIT data-bank. CPPopt is calculated and ICP dose-response analyses are performed on the KidsBrainIT dataset and their correlations with global outcome at 6 months are determined. The final aim of this study is to improve the treatments of the abnormal physiology insults: increase pressure from brain swelling (raised ICP) and brain perfusion pressure (CPP).