The neurocritical care unit, also called the neurological intensive care unit (neuro ICU), is a dedicated environment that provides personalized care for patients with severe or life-threatening neurological emergencies. In the neuro ICU at Dignity Health North State, a coordinated team of specialized doctors and nurses provide comprehensive care around the clock. To learn more about our neurocritical care in Northern California, Find a Doctor online.
What Dignity Health North State’s Neurocritical Care Provides
The neurocritical care unit offers highly advanced, specialized services with a low patient-to-nurse ratio. This allows continual monitoring and quick medical interventions when needed. Your neurocritical care team at Dignity Health North State may include:
- Specially trained nurses
Neuro ICU Services We Offer
Neurocritical care may be required for any life-threatening or serious neurological condition, including:
- Brain tumor
- Head trauma, such as traumatic brain injury
- Bleeding in or around the brain, such as subarachnoid hemorrhage
- Spinal cord injury
- Late-stage neuromuscular disorders, such as myasthenia gravis
- Post-surgical recovery
- Status epilepticus, a seizure emergency
What to Expect with Neurocritical Care
You may enter the neuro ICU due to conditions including brain trauma, life-threatening seizure episode, stroke, or after undergoing neurosurgery. Nurses directly monitor you at all times while you are in the neurocritical care unit. Once you are more stable, you may be transferred to a subacute neurological care unit.
In some cases, patients in the neuro ICU are unconscious much of the time or require breathing support by mechanical ventilation. Often patients are sedated or put into an induced coma as a part of treatment.
If you or a family member requires neurocritical care at Dignity Health North State, we will treat you with compassion, respect, and humankindness every step of the way. We are here to answer any questions you may have about your family member’s care at any time.
Emergency departments at Dignity Health North State hospitals provide complete neurological care, including neuro ICU, in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.