The Ruth D. & Ken M. Davee Pediatric Neurocritical Care Program aims to improve neurologic outcomes following brain injuries and to reduce neurologic complications of critical illness.
Since its inception in 2005, The Ruth D. and Ken M. Davee Pediatric Neurocritical Care Program has made significant contributions that have advanced understanding and appreciation for the important role of highly specialized neurocritical care for patients in the intensive care setting. This is the only program of its kind in the greater Chicago area, and one of the few in the nation that provides neurocritical care services for patients in the pediatric, cardiac and neonatal intensive care units (ICUs). This interdisciplinary program combines the knowledge, experience and resources of physicians, nurses and scientists in the Divisions of Neurology, Critical Care, Neurosurgery, Medical Psychology, Neuroradiology, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Lurie Children’s and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. After discharge from the ICUs, patients are followed and treated in a unique neurocritical care outpatient clinic for long-term management of neurologic injury.
We focus both on the acute detection and management of brain injury in the ICU, and on the long-term management of the injury and its complications. We believe that early recognition and targeted therapies in the ICU help us produce the best outcomes in treating acute brain injuries.
In addition to our specialists, we use advanced technologies to monitor brain function and to guide therapies, including:
Your child will receive Neurocritical Care consultation, available 24-7, in the PICU, CICU, or NICU if there are neurologic concerns from the ICU team. The primary ICU team will provide around the clock targeted neurocritical care as part of the multidisciplinary team.
The neurocritical care team comes from many specialties and includes the following group of physicians and nurses:
With the support of The Davee Foundation, our program has become a top training site for medical professionals seeking to gain competency and knowledge in the recognition, evaluation and management of acute neurologic injury in children. We have a successful track record of training high caliber subspecialists who are already making an impact on the field.
Education and advocacy are important components of our program and Lurie Children’s offers one of the few pediatric neurocritical care fellowship programs in the country. Our former trainees, including intensivists and neurologists, have appointments as faculty members in neurocritical care in the United States and Canada.
The Davee Foundation’s visionary investments have elevated Lurie Children’s stature as a clinical and academic leader in the field of pediatric neurocritical care. Your support is important in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children.