CSF leak and bedrest

  1. Hi all, I'm a new grad working on a surgical unit. I admitted a pt today with CSF leak from ear with orders for bedrest and HOB elevated 30 degrees. This may be a silly question, but what is the patho behind the rationale for bedrest? Is it just to keep the BP steady, ambulating would inc blood pressure and intracranial pressure? Thanks all in advance.
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  3. by   offlabel
    What is the CSF leak 2/2?
  4. by   mursynursy
    Well when the patient is leaking csf it causes a massive headache. When their laying with the hob at 30 it helps with the headache too. And if they do try to stand up they'll feel very dizzy cause it's a lot of fluid being lost.