2019 AMI Online Salon

External ventricular drainage device

Project Details

  • Entrant Name: Kari Opert
  • Membership Type: Professional Submission     
  • Address: Dallas, TX
  • Client: UWorld
  • Medium/software used: Maya; ZBrush; Adobe Photoshop
  • Final presentation format: Digital display
  • Primary Audience: Nursing students

Project Description

This piece was created as an explanation image for NCLEX test preparation. The specific question inquires about intervention priority when a child with hydrocephalus has an external ventricular device. Hydrocephalus is a condition where there is excessive cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) accumulation in the cranial cavity. The treatment goal is to reduce intracranial pressure (and risk of brain damage) by allowing proper drainage of the CSF from the cranial cavity. The educational objective is that the immediate priority need is to allow proper drainage of CSF. Proper drainage requires the nurse to ensure that the patient is positioned at a 45° angle with the transducer set to the level of the tragus, check that the switches are open to the measuring cylinder, and ensure that there are no kinks in the lines.