A 10 question survey was sent to 2006 neurosurgeons and 1060 neurosurgery residents in the US. Demographic information and data regarding estimated success rates of ventriculostomies, the steps taken in failure and use of technological aids used were asked. 479 neurosurgeons and 108 residents responded. The authors concluded that both residents and neurosurgeons admit to multiple attempts and frequent catheter misplacement. In order to consider a change in practice, respondents cited an increase in available data about guidance systems and ability to accommodate abnormal ventricular anatomy as primary requirements.
A US based survey on ventriculostomy practices
Tausif Rehmana, Atiqur Rehmanb, Amina Rehmanc, Hassaan H. Bashirc, Rushna Alid, Salima Ahmed Bhimani, Sidra Khan
Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery 114 (2012) 651-654