Neurocritical Care is a rapidly growing subspecialty that focuses on the care of critically ill patients with disorders affecting brain, spinal cord and nerves. Neurocritical Care practitioners, or neurointensivists, combine neurologic expertise and critical care training to provide optimal care for critical neurologic disorders. Neurocritical care physicians may come from different specialties, including neurology, medicine, emergency medicine, anesthesia or neurosurgery, but share the focused training and expertise in neurologic disorders and critical care.
Common conditions treated in the neurocritical care unit include:
- Acute stroke
- Ruptured aneurysms and subarachnoid hemorrhage
- Trauma involving brain or spinal cord
- Seizures and status epilepticus
- Brain tumors and brain edema
- Acute neuromuscular weakness with respiratory compromise, including Guillian Barre Syndrome, and myasthenia gravis crisis
- Meningitis and encephalitis
The UNMC Neurocritical Care Unit team includes excellent specialized neurocritical care nurses, therapists and neurocritical care providers. We are dedicated to providing personalized state of the art neurocritical care, while supporting our patients and their families.