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Advocacy Committee: Annual Updates

By Currents Editor posted 10-29-2017 23:00

  
PJ_Papadokos_Headshot.jpgBy Peter J. Papadakos, MD, FCCM, FAARC

The Advocacy Committee has been very active this year working to bring a greater understanding of the neurocritical care field not only to health professionals, but also to our patients and their families. Over the years we have developed a visiting room information brochure, which informs patients and families of the scope of neurocritical illness, the team members involved in patient care, and the pathophysiology of various neurocritical illnesses. This brochure has been translated into a number of languages and can be obtained from the society in both print and electronic formats.

This year we have continued our public awareness campaign with the development of a PowerPoint presentation. Members can use the presentation for grand rounds within their hospitals to inform colleagues about the role of neurocritical care units and professionals in the treatment of this subgroup of critically ill patients. This slide set can also be used to educate prehospital personnel in the community and lay public relations groups. The public has been made aware of advances in stroke care and needs to know the level of care available for themselves and their families.

The other major project we hope to complete in 2017 is the history project. We believe this endeavor is at the core of our mission as a committee. NCS has evolved into a multifaceted professional organization with physicians, nurses, researchers, pharmacists, and other health professionals and administrators joining our ranks. Our members should learn about the roots of our society. Committee members have gone through archives of meeting minutes and photos and interviewed NCS founding members and leaders about how this organization began and how it evolved into what it is today. We are developing a manuscript to publish in our journal, so that the membership and our trainees can understand how a specialty in medicine was born through the hard work of a diverse set of individuals not so many years ago.

The Advocacy Committee has also been busy keeping track of our field’s growth by developing a list of neurocritical care units and training programs. In addition, we are collaborating with other committees to examine how reimbursement and salaries vary across the U.S. and the world. This information may be a key piece of knowledge for residents and fellows as they choose their specialty.

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