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Differentiate the pathophysiology of extradural hematoma and subdural hematoma.

Assignment Objectives: Identify and select appropriate interventions including diagnostic tests and nursing interventions. Analyze physiological and psychological responses to illness and treatment modalities

Purpose: Examine case studies related to neurologic disease and answer the assigned questions. This assignment should help refine your clinical/critical thinking skills.

Assignment Description: Answer the questions in the grading criteria related to each of the patients provided. Your answer must follow APA 6th edition format. Submit the answer in the assignment area of your course. This assignment is worth 50 points.

Patient 1 – Two individuals come to the emergency department with head injuries. One, 25 years old, has just been in a motor vehicle accident (MVA) and has a temporal lobe injury. The other, 65 years old, has increasing confusion after a fall that happened earlier in the week.

Differentiate the pathophysiology of extradural hematoma and subdural hematoma.

Identify the patient in the above scenario requiring immediate emergency surgical intervention and provide rationale for your choice.

Patient 2 – An 38 year old was driving his 1970 Chevy Corvette to a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game when a deer jumped out in front of him on the highway. He swerved his car and hit a telephone pole instead. His head hit the windshield and he suffered severe head trauma.

Describe the most likely specific type of head injury he suffered.

Outline the treatment plan for this patient.

Parameters: Mini Case Study Assignment Grading Criteria


Maximum Points

Earned Points

Patient 1 – Described the pathophysiology of extradural and subdural hematomas. Identified the surgical emergency and provided rationale for the choice.


Patient 2 – Described the most likely type of head injury and outlined an approriate treatment plan.


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