Neurocritical Care Program for Acute Brain Injuries

A national referral center for the diagnosis and management of children with complex neurologic conditions including trauma, stroke, infection, hypoxia, injury, prolonged seizures and uncontrolled epilepsies.

frankie and his family after his brain injury surgery white framing element
frankie and his family after his brain injury surgery white framing element

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is one of the few children’s hospitals in the nation to offer a Neurocritical Care Program. The program is a recognized national referral center for the diagnosis and management of children with complex neurologic conditions including trauma, stroke, infection, hypoxia (oxygen deprivation), injury, prolonged seizures and uncontrolled epilepsies.

The Neurocritical Care Program is a leader in offering innovative management options, including therapeutic hypothermia, medical research trials, surgical interventions, and evidence-based diets.

An Advanced Neurocritical Care Setting

Children receive care in one of the hospital’s three critical care units, including the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and Neonatal intensive Care Unit (NICU). These units each consist of 40-bed floors, housed in the hospital’s Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion, and offer the latest technological advances and around-the-clock care by a team dedicated to management of children with complex conditions. Care spaces include comfortable accommodations for parents or guardians.

Treatments and Procedures

  • Neuromonitoring capabilities for continuous EEG
  • Intracranial pressure monitoring
  • Brain tissue oxygen monitoring (Licox system)
  • Cerebrospinal fluid microdialysis
  • Therapeutic hypothermia
  • Medication research trials
  • Surgical interventions
  • Evidence-based diets

Conditions We Treat

  • Hypoxia
  • Uncontrolled epilepsy

A Team Approach to Care

The Neurocritical Care Program brings together a full range of clinical specialists to provide around-the-clock specialized pediatric care. The team includes board-certified:

  • pediatric neurointensivists
  • pediatric neurosurgeons
  • pediatric neurologists
  • pediatric neurocritical care nurse practitioners, and nurses trained in brain injury management.
Supporting the care team are intensive care social workers, case managers and child life specialists.

Awards & Associations