Critical Care Medicine faculty and fellows work collaboratively with faculty in the Departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology in the largest neurocritical care program in Western Pennsylvania. UPMC has been designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and the core of the critical care services is located in this ICU. The CCM physicians in this 20-bed Neurological ICU manage patients with neurovascular diseases including subarachnoid and intracranial hemorrhage, acute ischemic stroke, status epilepticus/seizures, brain tumors, CNS infections, neuromuscular disorders, post-operative neurosurgical care, as well as provide determination and certification of death by neurological criteria. The unit based multidisciplinary QI projects for the last year focused on protocols to assist in the transition to comfort care during a terminal extubation, management of shivering during fever control, and had-offs between the CCM team and neuro-anesthesia.
Dr. Lori Shutter, Medical Director