The Division of Neurocritical Care at University of Florida is a group of neurology faculty with specialty training in neurocritical care. We are dedicated to the treatment of patients with life-threatening neurological and neurosurgical diseases, such as acute ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, subarachnoid hemorrhage, subdural hemorrhage, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, seizures and status epilepticus, meningitis/encephalitis, severe neuromuscular and neuroimmunologic diseases and patients after complex neurosurgical or neurointerventional procedures.
The 30-bed Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit at UF Health is managed collaboratively by neurologists, anesthesiologists, and neurosurgeons to provide patients with highest quality care. A multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, nutritionists, social workers and case managers establishes individual and patient-family centered care plans. Patient management integrates cutting-edge technology to deliver the best care to our patients.
Accurate prediction of the neurologic outcome is of utmost importance to guide families when making decisions regarding goals of care. Merging the patient’s expectations and goals with their prognosis will elevate a sense of hope in some and alleviate thoughts of despair in others.
The critical care physician commonly faces this challenging question. As advances in the field of resuscitation increase the number of survivors of cardiac arrest, the worldwide incidence of acute brain injury is soaring. Other similar scenarios can occur following intracerebral and aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhages, ischemic stroke, traumatic brain injury, and multiple other conditions in the intensive care unit.
As the treatment and care for acute brain injury patients is improving, it is important to develop further understanding of the neurologic prognosis of our patients. When the current knowledge in medicine does not offer a possibility for a cure, a better understanding of the prognosis will empower patients and families.