Neuro ICU at NYU-Langone aims at quick assessments

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A neuro-intensive care unit at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn brings a variety of imaging modalities close to the bedside to treat critically ill patients.

The unit is an expansion of a 10-bed surgical intensive care unit on the facility’s fourth floor, and it aims to bring technologies together to diagnose and treat patients suffering from major neurological events.

The 3,500-square-foot unit features four single-bed patient rooms with a dedicated nursing station. Each room has access to diagnostic equipment that includes fiberoptic intracranial pressure monitoring, bedside ultrasound, therapeutic temperature management technology and transcranial doppler to measure blood flow through the brain.

Imaging technologies used on the unit enable clinicians to assess brain bleed issues and be able to quickly and accurately view traumatic events occurring within a patient’s brain. Quick assessment and treatment is essential in order to limit potential long-term debilitating events that require extensive rehabilitation for patients.

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As Brooklyn's first Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center—and the only facility in the Northeast that additionally holds Joint Commission certification for Stroke Rehabilitation—executives at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn say the initiative is a logical expansion of its stroke, neurology and neurosurgical program.

The new facility is an integral part of NYU Langone Health's Center for Stroke and Neurovascular Diseases, which brings leading experts in neurology, neurosurgery, neurocritical care, neurointerventional radiology, neuroradiology and neurorehabilitation together to diagnose and treat complex conditions affecting the brain and spinal cord.

"Stroke is among the most interdisciplinary specialties in the medical field," said Koto Ishida, MD, medical director of the stroke program at NYU Langone Health. "Collaboration is critical to understanding and treating a patient with a neurovascular condition, whether with the emergency department nursing staff, the physicians and surgeons, or the outpatient physical, occupational or speech therapists."

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