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Palmetto Health opens neuroscience intensive care unit

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Palmetto Health Richland opened a 16-bed neuroscience intensive care unit on Friday. The unit will provide the highest level of care to patients who have had a complex neurosurgical procedure, complications from a stroke, traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury.

“The neuroscience intensive care unit provides us with an important tool for the management of neurological illness in our community,“ Roham Moftakhar, chief of neurosurgery at Palmetto Health Richland and medical director of Palmetto Heath–USC Medical Group Neurosurgery, said in a news release. “We understand the differences in treatment that is required for these kinds of patients, and we are glad to fill a gap in medical care that exists in our community.“

It is the Midlands‘ only intensive care unit designed specifically for the care of neuroscience patients. It will be staffed by neurointensivists and a specially trained staff who will provide round-the-clock, specialized care to patients.

“Research shows that patients cared for in this kind of unit benefit from better outcomes,” Souvik Sen, chair of the Department of Neurology for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, said in a news release. “NSICUs have been associated with lower mortality and shorter hospital stays for patients who need this specialized care. It is a major development for the Midlands and will go a long way in the development of the Comprehensive Stroke Center that serves our community.”

A patient may be admitted to the neuro ICU for any neurological condition that requires critical care, such as:

  • Care following surgery to remove a brain tumor
  • Care following surgery to remove a blood clot causing a stroke
  • Seizures that last too long or are so frequent that the patient cannot recover between episodes
  • Ruptured aneurysm
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Inflammation of the brain
  • Autoimmune neuromuscular diseases

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