Palmetto Health is opening the Midlands’ first Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit. To celebrate the opening of the unit, there will be a ribbon cutting and blessing of the hands ceremony at 8:30 .a.m., Monday, Nov. 9. at Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, 6 Medical Park Dr. The Neuro ICU is designed to meet the special needs of neurocritical patients dealing with life-threatening neurological and neurosurgical illnesses such as massive stroke, bleeding in or around the brain, brain tumors or brain trauma. The unit matches monitoring and uniquely trained staff to ensure that the patient receives the specialized level of care that is required.
Neuro ICU units are different from general intensive care units because there is a greater focus on neuromonitoring and specialized staff training. Neuro ICU staff undergoes specialized training in the needs and common complications associated with neurocritical patients. They use their training to recognize subtle changes and deteriorations in a patient’s condition earlier and better provide immediate care to stabilize the patient.
“The neuroscience intensive care unit is a major development for the Midlands and will go a long way in the development of the Comprehensive Stroke Center serving the community,” said Souvik Sen, M.D., chair of the Department of Neurology for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.
Roham Moftakhar, M.D., chief of Neurosurgery at Palmetto Health Richland added, “We are excited to open a one-of-a-kind neuroscience ICU in the Midlands. We have the facilities and expertise to be the leader in neuroscience in the region.”
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