Neuro Intensive Care Unit
Children’s National experts are renowned for their expertise in treating children with brain injury and disease. The Gregory Mark Taubin Neuro Intensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU) is associated with the Division of Neurology is the only dedicated pediatric Neuro ICU in the Washington, DC region and one of few in the nation.
Through collaborative efforts of the Division of Critical Care Medicine, Neurosurgery, and Neurology, Children’s is a pioneer in neurocritical care for children. The Neuro ICU team includes:
|• Critical Care Pediatricians
• Critical Care Neurologists
• Interventional neuroradiologists
• Physical therapists
• Case managers
• Social Workers
Our Neuro ICU offers the latest technology and monitoring equipment to ensure the best care for all of our patients. The Neuro ICU has special monitoring capabilities to continually evaluate brain activity and assess blood flow to and from the brain, which reveals important information about brain oxygenation, metabolism, and blood flow. We have expertise in continuous EEG monitoring, intracranial pressure monitoring, and near infra-red spectroscopy (NIRS). We have care sets created by multidisciplinary teams for a variety of NeuroICU conditions including designed to advance care and outcomes:
|• Acute Ischemic Infarction (AIS)
• Cerebral Sinovenous Thrombosis (CSVT)
• Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
• Pharmacological coma for treatment of intracranial hypertension
• Acute unexplained encephalopathy/encephalitis
|• Brain death
• Post operative care for patients after revascularization surgery
• Status epilepticus
• Peri-operative management of epilepsy surgery patients
• Central Diabetes Insipidus
Research for Improved Patient Outcomes
Children’s has been a leader in intensive care outcome research for many years. The improved monitoring and assessment capabilities, combined with ongoing research efforts, are promoting in a new era of prediction of long-term neurological outcomes early in the course of hospitalization.
We are a lead site for establishing the better treatments for status epilepticus through the Pediatric Status Epilepticus Research Group (PSERG). We are collaborating with several other centers through the PCCEG, a group dedicated to learning more about EEG monitoring in the PICU/CICU. We are a participating site in the International Pediatric Stroke Study (IPSS) a large database of children with strokes from around the world. Finally, we are a contributing site in the THAPCA trial, a study evaluating the effect of a lower body temperature on outcome after anoxic injury.
To learn more about our current studies, speak with a member of our team.
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