Unique Neuro Intensive Care Unit Now Open in Patient Pavilion
ALBANY, N.Y., September 25, 2013 — Albany Medical Center last week opened its new expanded neuro intensive care unit, the most advanced of its kind in the region, for patient use in its new Patient Pavilion.
The 15-bed neuro ICU provides a comprehensive approach to caring for patients with severe neurologic injuries or conditions who require round-the-clock critical care. It is the only such unit in the region staffed by physicians including a neurointensivist, stroke neurologists, neurosurgeons, and critical care specialists, as well as specially trained nurses. It comes equipped with the advanced neurological monitoring equipment.
“Neurologically injured patients treated in a dedicated, specialized neuro intensive care unit such as that at Albany Medical Center have better survival rates, spend less time in the hospital, and are more often discharged to rehab or home rather than to a nursing home,” said Gary Bernardini, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurology and neurosurgery and director of Stroke and Neurocritical Care at Albany Med. “In fact, comparisons made between treatment of these patients in dedicated neuro-ICUs versus general ICUs show significant improvements in all three of these domains.”
Technology in the new unit includes sophisticated devices that can monitor intracranial pressure, brain tissue oxygen and blood flow in the brain, and five rooms are hard-wired for continuous EEG brainwave monitoring.
"The expanded and newly-equipped state-of-the-art neuro ICU will enable us to better care for patients with life-threatening neurological emergencies such as ruptured brain aneurysms, strokes, traumatic brain injury, and hemorrhages,” said Alan Boulos, M.D., chair of neurosurgery at Albany Med. “Albany Med has always been fortunate to have a number of physician specialists to treat these specific disorders in a timely and effective way. Now, we have improved our ability to care for these patients immediately after surgery or treatment, resulting in improved outcomes and shorter lengths of stay."
Albany Med also has a specialized vascular ICU, as well as surgical, medical and neonatal ICUs and the region’s only pediatric ICU. The previous neuro ICU, located in the hospital’s patient tower, was equipped to care for five patients
Albany Med has received a number of recognitions for its outstanding care of neurologic and neurosurgical patients, including: certification as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission; designation as a Stroke Center and Capital Region Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center (ADAC) by the New York State Department of Health, and Level 4 designation for its Epilepsy and Human Brain Mapping Program, the highest designation offered, by the prestigious National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC).
Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 651-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with nearly 400 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: www.amc.edu or www.facebook.com/albanymedicalcenter.
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