NCS Roundup

NCS Roundup
  • By Shraddha Mainali, MD; Sherry Chou, MD, MSc; Molly McNett, PhD, RN, CNRN, FNCS, FAAN; Raimund Helbok, MD, PhD; Jennifer Frontera, MD; Ericka L. Fink, MD, MS; Michelle Schober, MD; and Courtney L. Robertson, MD Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), or the COVID-19 pandemic, is advancing at a rapid pace. The widespread nature of this virus has led to significant constraints in healthcare resources, forcing many hospital systems to limit and monitor resource utilization. The overwhelmed healthcare systems are compelled to ...

  • Women in Neurocritical Care Corner: Perspectives from the Frontlines By Diana Greene-Chandos, MD, FNCS I recently watched a segment from a critical care physician on national news, where she described writing a “goodbye” letter to her children while struggling to catch her breath due to hypoxia from COVID-19.  I, like many, were moved to tears by the rawness of the interview and the mere consideration that I and many of my colleagues around the world, could potentially be in the same boat.   Many medical professionals have lost their lives ...

  • By Khalid Alsherbini, MD 1 ; Tariq Abu Elem, MD, FAANS 2 ; Ahmed Yassin, MD 3 ; Said Dahbour, MD, FAAN 4 ; Mohammad Talib Abu Elem, MD 5 ; Lama H Nazer, PharmD, BCPS 6 ; Islam Ahmed Ali E’lemat, MD 7 Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Methodist University Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Email: kalsherb@uthsc.edu Arkansas Neuroscience Institute, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA Department of Neurosciences, School of Medicine , King Abdullah University Hospital, Irbid, Jordan Faculty of Medicine, ...

  • By Yasser B. Abulhasan, MBChB, FRCPC, chairman, Neurocritical Care-MENA chapter of IPACCMS It was a great pleasure to be tasked by the congress chairman, Dr. Assem Abdel Razek, to collaborate with the scientific committee and organize the neurocritical care tracks for the 13 th Pan Arab Critical Care Congress in association with the 7 th Annual Congress of the Egyptian Society of Critical Care and Emergency Medicine, Intercontinental Cairo Citystars, Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt (Nov. 19-21, 2019). This demonstrated the recognition, importance of advanced ...

  • By Chitra Venkatasubramanian, MBBS, MD, MS, FNCS; George Lopez, MD, PhD; and Sarah Peacock, DPN  We are in unprecedented times with the COVID-19 pandemic. Quarantines, lockdowns and shelter-in-home are the buzzwords, and schools have switched to continuing education using online curriculums.  At NCS, we are not far behind. In fact, the idea for live online Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) lectures germinated in 2019 as we recognized the increasing demand for ENLS worldwide and the need to deliver high-quality educational content in ...

  • Submitted by the Neurocritical Care Society Survey Working Group Members: Julius Gene S Latorre, MD, MPH, FAAN, FAHA, FNCS; Abhijit V. Lele, MBBS, MD, MS, FNCS; Navaz Karanjia, MD; M. Moheet, MD, MHDS, FNCS; Peter Papadakos, MD, FCCM; and Syed Omar Shah, MD, MBA  As the field of neurocritical care continues to solidify and evolve, there has been no comprehensive benchmarking survey that encompasses both compensation and structure of practices. The 2019 NCS Compensation Survey was created to fill this gap in knowledge and will allow practicing physicians ...

  • As COVID-19 continues to evolve worldwide, the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) will share the latest updates regarding our events to keep you informed. We’ve also included some basic information about the virus below for you to share with your patients. We will update this page as changes occur. For more information, visit the NCS COVID-19 Resources web page .  What You Need to Know About the NCS 18th Annual Meeting Currently, the NCS 18th Annual Meeting , scheduled for Sept. 22-25, 2020, in Phoenix is still being offered. As the situation ...

  • By Yasser B. Abulhasan, Chairman, Neurocritical Care-MENA Chapter of IPACCMS; and Hussain N. Al Rahma, President, IPACCMS It will be a delight to welcome you to Dubai for the Second Regional Neurocritical Care Meeting in the Middle East and Africa on April 2-4, 2020. After the buzz of the First Regional Meeting , our challenge was to exceed expectations and embed the multidisciplinary message of the NCS within our upcoming meeting, coupled with knowledge, research collaboration and networking. Additionally, it will be a great opportunity for ...

  • By Jason Makii, PharmD, MBA, FCCM, FNCS, BCPS, BCCCP, Chair, Pharmacy Section Leadership Committee  The Pharmacy Section celebrated numerous successes in 2019. Sixty-six pharmacists attended the NCS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, in October 2019 with several members presenting their research, moderating sessions and speaking throughout the event. I would like to acknowledge and thank the outstanding committee members for their service and dedication this past year. A special thanks to Gretchen Brophy for her leadership of NCS as her ...

  • By Shraddha Mainali, MD ; Sherry H-Y Chou, MD, MSc ; Molly Mcnett, PhD, RN, CNRN ; Jennifer Kim, MD, PhD Acknowledgements: Claude Hemphill, MD, MAS; Daiwai Olson, PhD, RN; Paul Vespa, MD; Javier Provencio, MD   In 2018, a panel of multidisciplinary experts gathered at the NCS Blue Ocean Strategy meeting and set forth a grand challenge for the society: to Cure Coma.   Since then, the Neurocritical Care Research Central (NCRC) and related subcommittees have worked diligently to identify and solicit expert opinions, define important knowledge ...

  • By Lauren Koffman, DO, MS              The Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) recently released the Brain Death Determination course to assist physicians on diagnosing brain death, created by David Greer, MD; Ariane Lewis, MD; Matthew Kirschen, MD, PhD; and Michael Rubin, MD. This group had previously worked together on the topic of brain death within the American Academy of Neurology, and had the opportunity to design the most practical and up to date brain death course.  All members of the group have personal interests in the realm of brain ...

  • By Megan Barra, PharmD, (left) and Wren Sherrill ANP, (right) on behalf of the NCS Trainee Section  The Neurocritical Care Society’s (NCS) Trainee Committee is excited to announce that it is accepting applications for the fourth year of the NCS Mentorship Program formally held from January – December 2020!  Mentorship is instrumental to healthcare professional development, and many leaders within NCS attest to the importance that mentors have served in their career trajectory over time. Developing relationships between established and new practitioners ...

  • By Roy Poblete, MD, David Seder, MD, Gene Sung, MD     Since the first Emergency Neurological Life Support® (ENLS) course, there has always been a great deal of interest in developing an advanced learning follow-up course. The Neurocritical Care Society is now proud to present the brand-new Essentials of Neurocritical Care (Essentials) course. Essentials had its inaugural workshop at the 17 th Annual Meeting of the Neurocritical Care Society in October 2019 in Vancouver, Canada.   Over the two-day course, attendees received comprehensive education ...

  • By Pouya Alexander Ameli, MD, MS Neurocritical Care Fellow, Emory University Chair-Elect, Trainee Section   Naomi Niznick, MD PGY3 Neurology Resident, The Ottawa Hospital Trainee Section Leadership Committee     In Homer’s The Odyssey , Odysseus asks for his friend “Mentor” to watch after his son Telemachus while he fought in the Trojan War. When Odysseus does not return, Mentor’s wisdom is key in guiding Telemachus to discover what happened to his father.  From these ancient origins arises the modern concept of mentorship — to help someone ...

  • Updates to Emergency Neurological Life Support® (ENLS) training reflect the most up-to-date, best practice for treating patients with acute neurological disorders. The Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) recently announced the launch of Version 4.0 of its ENLS training. ENLS is a comprehensive educational program created by NCS to help healthcare professionals manage patients during the critical first hours of a neurological emergency. ENLS demonstrates a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach and provides a consistent set of protocols, practical ...

  • By Ryan Hakimi, DO, MS, FNCS, NVS With the support of Fredy J. Revilla, MD, and Charles Kanos, MD, the Chiefs of Neurology and Neurosurgery, respectively, a unified Neuro ICU Service was started at Prisma Health–Upstate's Greenville Memorial Hospital (GMH), the principal teaching hospital of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine's Greenville campus in 2018.   Initially, Ryan Hakimi, DO, MS, FNCS, NVS, was recruited to start a neurology-based neuro ICU in 2016, after having done the same at the University of Oklahoma. At the time, neurology ...

  • By Christa O’Hana S. Nobleza, MD, MSCI Assistant Professor University of Mississippi Medical Center Aleksandra Yakhkind, MD, MS Neurocritical Care Fellow University of Pennsylvania Health System Guest Advisor: Chitra Venkatasubramanian, MBBS, MD, MSc, FNCS Clinical Professor Stanford University Do you have questions regarding your professional life? Is there a conundrum at work that requires an outside perspective? The Trainee Section and Women in Neurocritical Care (WINCC) Section have teamed up to publish a new column ...

  • If you weren’t able to pick up your printed copy of Currents at last week’s 17 th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, you can view the digital edition of the publication here . This special annual designed issue features a selection of the most popular articles published this past year on Currents , the online news magazine of the Neurocritical Care Society.   Want to showcase your neurocritical care expertise with the profession? Currents is accepting submissions. Learn about the types of content we publish on the Currents website . For details ...

  • Attending the 17th Annual Meeting in Vancouver? Don’t forget to get your copy of the Currents printed issue at the event. You’ll find a copy of Currents on each chair prior to Dr. Shelly Dev, MD, FRCPC’s Keynote presentation, “Will Medical Culture Ever Be Healthy Enough for its Workers?” on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 a.m. If you’re unable to attend that session, you may pick up your copy at Registration and the Connect Booth. This special annual printed issue features a selection of the most popular articles published this past year on Currents ...

  • Crista O’Hana S. Nobleza, MD, MSCI Assistant Professor University of Mississippi Medical Center Aleksandra Yakhkind, MD, MS Neurocritical Care Fellow University of Pennsylvania Health System Do you have questions regarding your professional life? Is there a conundrum at work that requires an outside perspective? The Trainee Section and Women in Neurocritical Care (WINCC) Section have teamed up to publish a new column in Currents to serve your professional advice needs. Submit questions to info@neurocriticalcare.org , and ...

  • By Monisha Kumar MD FNCS (left), Molly McNett, PhD, RN, CNRN, FNCS  (right) The development of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) is one of the most valuable and visible functions of the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) and critical to its mission. As such, the Guidelines Committee (GC) of NCS has experienced tremendous growth and evolution since its inception only ten years ago. Key accomplishments include an increase in the number of guidelines produced on behalf of the society, enhancements to ensure methodological rigor, adherence ...

  • By Dr. Jeff Singh, MD, MSc, FRCPC This year’s NCS Annual Meeting ventures outside the United States to Vancouver, Canada.  Vancouver is a beautiful and bustling west coast city in the Canadian province of British Columbia, and is the third- largest metropolitan area in Canada with a population of over 2 million. It is among Canada’s densest and most ethnically diverse cities. Vancouver’s unique geography places it at the nexus of the sea, beaches and mountains—providing a spectacular backdrop for the NCS meeting as well as a lot to do and see for all ...

  • By Masao Nagayama, MD, PhD, FAAN, FACP, FNCS From June 7 to 9, 2019, we held the second Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) Asian and Oceanian Chapter Annual Meeting at Osaka and Kyoto with the Japan Society of Neurological Emergencies and Critical Care (JNE), a global partner of the NCS. Invited guests from the United States (Gretchen M. Brophy, Jose I. Suarez, Gene Sung), Korea (Sang-Bae Ko, Jae Hyeon Park, Kwang-Soo Lee), India (Harsh Sapra, Ponniah Vanamoorthy, Saurabh Anand), Philippines (Geraldine Siena Mariano, Jo Ann Soliven), Singapore (Jensen ...

  • By Mary Kay Bader, RN, MSN, CCNS, FNCS, FAHA  (left) ; Lori Shutter, MD, FCCM, FNCS (right) As co-chairs of the 2019 NCS Annual Meeting , we are excited to share with our fellow NCS members information on what to expect at the meeting to be held October 15-18! Our theme, Connectivity—Working Together, Improving Lives, is intended to bring our multi-professional society membership together for five days of knowledge transfer, research collaboration, interactive learning sessions, networking and enjoying the incredible city of Vancouver, British ...

  • By Jennifer A. Kim, MD, PhD   Surveys are a crucial tool for polling our NCS community regarding all aspects of our research and practice.  The NCS Research Operations Subcommittee (ROSC) [Editor’s note: see ROSC list below] is committed to ensuring transparent and rapid review for all researchers wanting to utilize the membership for their various studies. By developing a newly vetted formal review process, we hope to distribute of high-quality, targeted surveys that are valuable to the members of the NCS community, while also increasing the response ...

  • By Lauren Koffman, DO, MS   Between May 22 and 24 over 5,000 people from over 100 countries were present in Milan, Italy for the European Stroke Organization Conference (ESOC). As a first time participant, I was excited to explore the conference offerings. This year’s conference was held at the Milano Convention Center, the largest in Europe and over 2,400 abstracts were submitted for the meeting. The three-day conference was full of events ranging from digital poster presentations, workshops, scientific meetings, networking events and exhibitions. ...

  • By Kelly A. Rath ACNP Section Chair: Megan Brissie, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, CEN Section Co-Chair: Liz Fox, MSN, ACNS, AG-ACNP, FAHA   The NCS Advanced Practice Providers (APP) Section is pleased to announce the release of two APP educational products. First, the APP Neuroanatomy and Neuroradiology Series is a four-part webinar series covering neuroanatomy, lesion localization and neuroimaging. This product provides an in-depth overview of cortical and brainstem anatomy, and is an ideal resource for APPs, or other clinicians, to build a basic neuroanatomy ...

  • By Yasser B. Abulhasan, MBChB, FRCPC Chairman, Neurocritical Care-MENA Chapter of IPACCMS It was a pleasure organizing the 1 st Neurocritical Care Regional Meeting in the Middle East/Africa in conjunction with the 15 th edition of the Emirates Critical Care Conference (ECCC). This demonstrated the evolving strong partnership between the International Pan Arab Critical Care Medicine Society (IPACCMS) and the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS). It was a true bilateral effort, and we believe it will continue to be so to advance the education ...