Neurocritical Care

Neurocritical Care

Eelco FM Wijdicks, Alejandro A. Rabinstein, Sara E. Hocker, and Jennifer E. Fugate

Print publication date: Apr 2016

ISBN: 9780190602659

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

This book comprises a collection of case studies of patients with acute and critical neurological disease, along with pertinent discussion of approaches to each particular condition. Case studies provide a way to examine how difficult it is to approach these patients situated in the neurosciences intensive care unit. Some patients need close observation and management of emerging problems, others need a neurosurgical intervention or a neurointerventional procedure, a few patients are in extremis. The examples provided in this book are quintessential to the practice of neurocritical care. Some are less common conditions that need to be recognized and appropriately treated. Another purpose of this book is to introduce the reader to the field of neurocritical care and to show what goes on. The book shows the complexity of care and urgent decision-making involved in treating patients who deteriorate. Practical suggestions are included for each topic it covers. Not only is treatment of serious neurological disorders discussed but also prognostication in practice and end-of-life care discussions. In some ways this book summarizes the entire spectrum of presenting acute illness and how best to intervene.

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