Neurological Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Acute Stroke Unit (ASU)

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One of the most striking developments in medical care over the last 25 years  has been the ability to support patients with critical illness until they can recover. Modern intensive and high dependency care allows increasingly complex procedures to be performed. Medical treatment for central nervous system diseases like acute stroke, brain injury and a variety of other serious neurological illnesses is progressing forward rapidly.

The Neuro-Intensive Care Unit (NICU)  and Acute Stroke Unit at the Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center  is a 5-bed unit with full-time neurologists, neuro-intensivists, neurosurgeons and specially-trained nurses for the multidisciplinary care of critical-care patients with neurological or cerebrovascular diseases and brain injuries.

Neurological diseases tend to be complex and are therefore  best treated by specialists that have experience in applying neuroimaging and critical care techniques to the specific needs of neurological patients. Another major advantage to care in a neuro-ICU/ASU is the constant observation and immediacy of action that is required to detect and treat neurological deterioration. Constant surveillance by nurses in the NICU/ASU, the  availability of neuroimaging upon request, on-call physicians, and specialized interventions, make it possible to act immediately in order to correct and if possible reverse worsening medical conditions that might otherwise lead to permanent neurological damage.
 

DISEASES AND CONDITIONS THAT BENEFIT FROM CARE IN A NEURO-ICU AND ACUTE STROKE UNIT

Stroke
    •    Cerebral infarction and transient ischemic attacks
    •    Intracerebral hemorrhage

Subarachnoid hemorrhage
    •    Aneurysmal  Subarachnoid hemorrhage
    •    Traumatic Subarachnoid hemorrhage
    •    Arteriovenous malformation
    •    Dural sinus thrombosis

Trauma
    •    Head injury
    •    Spinal cord injury

Seizures
    •    Status epilepticus

Neuromuscular Weakness
    •    Myasthenia gravis
    •    Guillain-Barré syndrome

Infections
    •    Encephalitis
    •    Meningitis
    •    Brain abscess

Tumors
    •    Brain tumors
    •    Spinal cord metastases
    •    Paraneoplastic syndromes

Miscellaneous
    •    Eclampsia
    •    Neuroleptic Malignant syndrome
    •    CNS Vasculitis

 

NOTE:
This item is for general information purposes only. For specific care issues, consult your neurologist or neurosurgeon.