Neuro Intensive Care Unit

Neuro Intensive Care Unit

Children's National experts are renowned for their expertise in treating children with brain injury and disease. The Gregory Mark Taubin Neuro Intensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU) is associated with the Division of Neurology is the only dedicated pediatric Neuro ICU in the Washington, DC region and one of few in the nation.

Multidisciplinary Care

Through collaborative efforts of the Division of Critical Care Medicine, Neurosurgery, and Neurology, Children's is a pioneer in neurocritical care for children. The Neuro ICU team includes:

  • Critical Care Pediatricians
  • Critical Care Neurologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Neuroradiologists
  • Interventional neuroradiologists
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical therapists
  • Respiratory
  • Case managers
  • Social Workers

Advanced Care

Our Neuro ICU offers the latest technology and monitoring equipment to ensure the best care for all of our patients. The Neuro ICU has special monitoring capabilities to continually evaluate brain activity and assess blood flow to and from the brain, which reveals important information about brain oxygenation, metabolism, and blood flow. We have expertise in continuous EEG monitoring, intracranial pressure monitoring, and near infra-red spectroscopy (NIRS). We have care sets created by multidisciplinary teams for a variety of NeuroICU conditions including designed to advance care and outcomes:

  • Acute Ischemic Infarction (AIS)
  • Cerebral Sinovenous Thrombosis (CSVT)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Pharmacological coma for treatment of intracranial hypertension
  • Acute unexplained encephalopathy/encephalitis
  • Brain death
  • Post operative care for patients after revascularization surgery
  • Status epilepticus
  • Peri-operative management of epilepsy surgery patients
  • Central Diabetes Insipidus

Tea's Story

Tea's Story

On Tea Abbadini’s thirteenth birthday, she started feeling sudden pain on the right side of her lower abdomen that her parents thought was appendicitis. A few months later on Christmas Eve, Tea’s hand cramped up for 10 minutes and, on New Year’s Eve, she got her first back cramp. Her back cramp was so bad that it curved her to the right and caused her to walk leaned over for a few hours.

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