Neuro Critical Care
The Neuroscience Center at Maine Medical Center offers expert care for people with injury and illness affecting the brain and spinal cord. Maine Medical Center has Maine’s only Level 1 trauma center, which has multi-disciplinary teams of clinicians who evaluate and treat critically ill patients.
What is neurocritical care?
Neurocritical care is the intensive care management of patients with life-threatening neurological and neurosurgical illnesses.
Neurocritical care integrates care for the brain and other organ systems in the setting of critical illness. Patients are taken care of within a single specialized unit.
Neurocritical care services
- Extensive 24/7 surgical expertise from highly skilled, senior trauma, critical care and neurosurgical specialists
- Use of innovative procedures, such as intravascular cooling to control body temperature
- A standardized, well-coordinated care process, incorporating evidence-based, best-practice guidelines, to help ensure optimal outcomes.
- Leading-edge technology including continuous electroencephalogram (EEG) and cerebral oxygenation monitoring that enhance the ability to look at brain activity in minimally conscious or comatose patients.
- Early intervention by physiatry and rehabilitation specialists to address functional deficits, improving long-term outcomes
- Easy transitioning into rehabilitation
- Personalized and compassionate support to patients and their families throughout the continuum of care, in both inpatient and outpatient settings
Neurocritical care conditions
Neurocritical care treats neurological and trauma conditions in adults and children. Some of these conditions include:
- Traumatic spinal and brain injuries
- Ischemic stroke
- Subarachnoid hemorrhage
- Seizures and status epilepticus
- Neuromuscular weakness
- Severe delirium