In Episode 1, we discussed Atropine’s ineffectiveness in relation to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Herniation Syndrome. Did you know Atropine administration is sometimes used as a test for brain stem damage and ultimately death?
Typically, a 3mg injection is utilized to evaluate the patient’s response. If the patient has an increase in heart rate of less than 3%, the diagnosis of brain death is supported.
Young, G. B., MD, Aminoff, M. J., MD, & Wilterdink, J. L., MD. (2013). Diagnosis of brain death. UpToDate, 20(3).