Critical Care Neurology, Part I: Neurocritical Care focuses on the care specialists and general neurologists that consult in the ICU and their work with patients in acute, life-threatening situations who are dealing with neurologic or neurosurgical crises emanating from either a preexisting neurologic syndrome or from a new neurologic complication appearing as a result of another medical or surgical critical illness. These two separate clinical situations form the pillars of neurocritical care, hence these practices are addressed via two separate, but closely related, HCN volumes. Chapters in both focus on pathophysiology and management, and are tailored for both general neurologists and active neurocritical specialists, with a specific focus on management over diagnostics. Part I addresses the principles of neurocritical care and the management of various neurologic diseases. Part II addresses the interplay between neurologic complications and the surgical, medical, cardiac, and trauma of critical illnesses that most typically present in the ICU.
Section 1: Care in the neurosciences intensive care unit 1. The history of neurocritical care 2. Airway management and mechanical ventilation in acute brain injury 3. Neuropulmonology 4. Neurocardiology 5. Principles of intracranial pressure monitoring and treatment 6. Multimodal neurologic monitoring 7. Continuous EEG monitoring in the intensive care unit 8. Management of the comatose patient 9. Management of status epilepticus 10. Critical care in acute ischemic stroke 11. Management of intracerebral hemorrhage 12. Management of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage 13. Management of acute neuromuscular disorders 14. Critical care management of traumatic brain injury 15. Management of acute traumatic spinal cord injuries 16. Decompressive craniectomy in acute brain injury 17. Diagnosis and management of spinal cord emergencies 18. Diagnosis and management of acute encephalitis 19. Management of bacterial central nervous system infections 20. Management of infections associated with neurocritical care 21. Determinants of prognosis in neurocatastrophes 22. Family discussions on life-sustaining interventions in neurocritical care 23. Organ donation protocols