NeuroPICU Services

In caring for children in the PICU, we use guidelines our team created that focus not only on their immediate health outcomes but also on their long-term cognition and function.

State-of the-art equipment

In order to ensure that we are at the forefront of neurological care and neuromonitoring in the PICU, our neurocritical care team requests devices, trials them, trains clinicians in their use and implements them into care protocols. Devices include pupillometers (machines that measure the pupil reactivity at the bedside), advanced cooling and temperature management tools for use after cardiac arrest, near infrared spectroscopy for advanced warning of changes in brain oxygenation, and the latest technology in intracranial pressure monitors.

EEG (electroencephalography) monitoring

Because children in the PICU are at risk of neurological complications, they receive continual EEG monitoring to track their brain activity. This is especially useful in detecting nonconvulsive seizures that can’t be seen otherwise, so that they can be treated right away.

Multidisciplinary care 

Our NeuroPICU team meets regularly to discuss children who may have, or who are diagnosed with, problems that affect their brain function. These specialists integrate their expertise in neurologyneurosurgery and critical care into a comprehensive care plan for shared patients. 

Follow-up

Traditionally, children follow up with their pediatrician after they get better and leave the PICU. But now that it’s recognized that children’s development can be affected after a hospital stay as a result of having been critically ill, we’re moving toward a different model in which children are followed-up with their neurology doctor.