For patients with catastrophic injuries to the brain, spinal cord or peripheral nerves

traumatic brain injury

The Neurotrauma Center, located at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC), embraces the newest technologies and clinical therapies while striving to maximize patients’ chances of returning to a fully functioning life.

The Neurotrauma Center is served by UC Health Air Care & Mobile Care, a helicopter transport system that is nationally recognized for excellence in emergency trauma care. The Center also works closely with Drake Center, the area’s leading long-term rehabilitation facility.

The focal point of the Neurotrauma Center is the 20-bed Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NSICU), which features 24-hour care from a highly trained nursing and technical staff. The NSICU was expanded and upgraded in 2003 to include state-of-the-art equipment in every patient room. The latest physiologic monitoring is available, including cerebral oxygenation, continuous EEG and minimally invasive cardiac output. The NSICU also houses its own portable CT scanner, allowing for on-demand imaging inside the unit while eliminating the risk of moving critically ill patients to another floor.

Our collaborative, multidisciplinary team includes:

Air care emergency transport
Emergency medicine specialists
ENT/Head and neck surgeons
Neurosurgeons
Orthopedic surgeons
Trauma surgeons
Full-time neurointensivists
Elite nursing and technical staff
Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists
Physical therapists and occupational therapists
Expert and compassionate social workers

The Neurotrauma Center is dedicated to improving outcomes for our patients through new therapies. Patients who come to us may have the opportunity to enroll in a clinical trial that is exploring a promising new medication or therapy designed to maximize recovery or minimize damage to the brain or spinal cord following traumatic injury.

The Neurotrauma Center works closely with neurosurgeons from the Mayfield Clinic, one of the nation’s leading physician organizations for clinical care, education and research of the brain and spine. The Center also works closely with the Mayfield Neurotrauma Research Lab and the UC Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. A recent collaboration among neurotrauma specialists and engineers spawned the development of a prototype “smart sensor” that is capable of continuously monitoring multiple physiological parameters.

The Neurotrauma Center is led by Norberto Andaluz, MD, Director of Neurotrauma, and Mark Goddard, MD, Director of Neurotrauma Rehabilitation.

Leading the way in neurocritical care

In 2003 the UC Neuroscience Institute and Mayfield Clinic recruited the area’s first full-time neurointensivist for adult patients. Four additional neurointensivists have been hired since then. Neurointensivists are experts in the relatively new specialty known as neurocritical care. Their role is to coordinate and manage the critical-care needs of patients admitted to the NSICU. Patients in the NSICU typically have experienced a significant neurological event, such as a stroke or traumatic brain injury, and most have undergone neurosurgery. Because families are seldom prepared for the crisis that brings a loved one to the NSICU, they too require support and information. Neurointensivists work in the unit full-time, caring for patients, meeting with families, and overseeing research that could lead to better patient outcomes.

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