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.
Established in 2005, 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:
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.
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. The generosity of The Davee Foundation in Chicago supports our Neurocritical Care program.