Neurocritical Care Resource Utilization in Pandemics: A Statement by the Neurocritical Care Society

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Department of Neurology

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Critical Care | Health Services Administration | Infectious Disease | Nervous System Diseases | Neurology | Virus Diseases


Global healthcare delivery has been impacted significantly by the millions of cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. Data from China suggest a potential association between COVID-19 mortality and health resource availability. Projection models of hospital utilization during the COVID-19 outbreak have led to efforts to optimize critical care response and increase critical care resources. In spite of robust and innovative attempts to increase the number of available intensive care unit (ICU) beds, appropriate allocation of medical resources is under constant flux, from rationing of personal protective equipment (PPE) to allocating ICU beds, ventilators, and staff to those who may benefit most. Though cases of COVID-19 are currently increasing, individuals continue to suffer from other medical emergencies, including neurologic emergencies such as acute ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, traumatic brain injury, traumatic spinal cord injury, and aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Given the expected differences in resource availability and pandemic response across various institutions globally, the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) has decided to put forth this document to provide key considerations for care of neurocritically ill patients during a pandemic.


COVID-19, neurocritically ill patients, pandemic, resource utilization

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Moheet AM, Shapshak AH, Brissie MA, Abulhasan YB, Brophy GM, Frontera J, Hall WR, John S, Kalanuria AA, Kumar A, Lele AV, Mainali S, May CC, Mayer SA, McCredie V, Silva GS, Singh JM, Steinberg A, Sung G, Tesoro EP, Yakhkind A. Neurocritical Care Resource Utilization in Pandemics: A Statement by the Neurocritical Care Society. Neurocrit Care. 2020 May 28:1–7. doi: 10.1007/s12028-020-01001-6. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32468327; PMCID: PMC7255702. Link to article on publisher's site

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Neurocritical care


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