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Neurosurgery and Neurology patients requiring 24/7 medical and surgical intensive care receive their care from eight board-certified critical care neurointensivists, a staff of 85 nurses trained in critical care and 10 neurointensivist fellows. They form a multidisciplinary team that also includes:
Completing the team are patients and their families, who participate in discussions and decisions around goals, treatment options and plans.
The Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU) at Massachusetts General Hospital takes advantage of state-of-the-art technology and other resources to treat patients. We use therapeutic hypothermia, which lowers body temperature to reduce the risk of oxygen-loss brain injury. We are leaders in the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and other non-invasive technologies for acute brain injury and the clinical monitoring of patients with brain swelling injuries.
In 2011, Mass General introduced the new NeuroICU Acute Brain Injury Research Repository. This data and biospecimen bank, a collection of samples from consenting Neuro ICU patients, will be used to improve and expand knowledge of acute neurological and neurosurgical illness and injury.
Additional research delves into the genetics of neurological disease and how genetic differences may affect therapeutic options, the brain’s response to traumatic injury, and neurology rehabilitation through brain-computer technologies. Members of the nursing staff are preparing a paper on a study of traumatic brain injury from the perspective of the patient’s family.
The physicians and staff of the Neuro ICU reach patients beyond the walls of Mass General through programs that connect us to other hospitals and future generations of medical professionals:
An aneurysm is a bulging, weakened area in the wall of a blood vessel resulting in an abnormal widening or ballooning greater than 50 percent of the normal diameter
Stroke, also called brain attack, occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted.
NeuroBlast: the newsletter of translational neuroscience and clinical care advances in neurology, neurosurgery, and neuroscience from Massachusetts General Hospital.
ONE MOMENT TOM KEARNEY was walking along busy Oxford Street in London, England – the next he was laying on the pavement with a cracked skull, collapsed lungs and blood streaming from his ears and mouth. It was Dec. 18, 2009, and the businessman and Harvard University graduate had just been struck by a 16-ton bus – the impact projecting him 20 feet down the street and leaving him in a near-death coma.
The Neuro Critical Care Team’s excellence in service and innovation bring a young man back to life after epileptic seizures leave him comatose for five months. Features Dr. Rosand and Dr. Cole.
Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit
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