Neurocritical care is the intensive care of patients with life-threatening neurological illnesses, including stroke, bleeding in and around the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracerebral hemorrhage, subdural hemorrhage, intraventricular hemorrhage), brain tumors, brain trauma, severe seizures, brain infections, meningitis, nerve and muscle diseases (such as myasthenia gravis and Guillain-Barre Syndrome) and spinal cord disorders. Many patients requiring neurocritical care are either comatose or awake but unable to speak or move normally. Neurocritical care units specialize in managing the unique needs of these patients.
The UC Neurocritical Care Program is designed to resuscitate and support the acutely ill neurological patient, minimize secondary neurological injury and medical complications, and facilitate the patient’s transition to a recovery environment. The ultimate goal is to restore the patient’s health to the fullest extent possible.
Many medical professionals are involved in the care of your loved one in our patient care units. Each unit has specific skills and plays an important role throughout the recovery process. All of our specialists work together as a team that focuses on coordination of quality care, compassion for the patient and support for the family.
The mission of the UC Neurocritical Care Program also includes teaching the most up-to-date medical knowledge and skills to the next generation of healthcare providers through our fellowship program and engaging in cutting-edge research.