Features  |   December 2013
Recent Trends in Neurocritical Care
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Features   |   December 2013
Recent Trends in Neurocritical Care
ASA Monitor 12 2013, Vol.77, 24-26.
ASA Monitor 12 2013, Vol.77, 24-26.
In October 2013, the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) held its 11th annual meeting. In a little more than 10 years, neurocritical care has solidified its standing as a “bona fide” medical subspecialty. In 2005, the United Council for Neurological Subspecialties laid the groundwork for accreditation of neurocritical care training programs, and the first certification exam was offered in 2008. That same year, the Leapfrog Group recommended that neuro ICUs be staffed by specialty-trained neurointensivists.1  A growing body of research suggests reduced mortality and improved neurologic outcomes in neurologically-injured patients managed by dedicated neurointensivists.2 -4  Last year, in an effort to further improve and standardize care of patients with life-threatening neurologic illness, the NCS introduced a formal, advanced cardiac life support (ACLS)-style course, the Emergency Neurologic Life Support (ENLS) program.
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