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COVID-19 and the Rise of International Medical Cooperation via the Digital Highway

By Peter J. Papadakos, MD, FCCM, FAARC As an individual who studies the effect of technology on the practice of medicine, one of the most amazing aspects of this terrible pandemic is how the medical community around the world has joined together as one to share protocols, guidelines and...


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Walking on Thin Ice on Blood Thinners

By Peter J. Papadakos, MD, FCCM, FAARC As neurocritical care providers, we are confronted with an increased number of individuals who are on blood thinners who are involved in falls during the winter months. Many will become neurocritical care patients with major subdural hematomas (SDH). ...


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Training Pathways for Neurocritical Care Advance Practice Providers

By Erika Bassett, PA-C and Alexis Steinberg, MD When graduating from a nurse practitioner or physician assistant program, an advance practice provider (APP) can launch themselves into a broad range of specialties and subspecialties. So why enter the world of neurology, and specifically, why...


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Opinion: Challenges with OPOs

By Wade Smith, MD, PhD, FNCC I have practiced neurocritical care since 1994. As a fellow in 1993, I engaged in the first case of donation after cardiac death (DCD) in California. This experience, coupled with prior ethics consultation experience as a resident, initiated a career-long interest...


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Educating Trainees on Communication and Consultation Etiquette

By Kristi Tucker, MD Trainees are taught how to communicate with patients and how to behave professionally during patient interactions, but sadly there is much less emphasis placed on effective communication with medical colleagues. In residency programs, there is little, if any, formal...


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Stories of Hope: Kertisha

To most, Sunday, April 7, 2019, does not stir up strong emotions or even spark a distant memory. The most popular tweet of the day was “Keep your emotions off the internet” from NFL player JuJu Smith-Schuster; Old Town Road by Lil Nas X jumped 14 spots to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100; front...


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A New Era for Pharmacy in Neurocritical Care: The Neurology-Trained Clinical Pharmacist

By Brittny Medenwald, PharmD, with acknowledgements to Katleen Chester, PharmD, BCCCP, BCGP and Sunita Dergalust, PharmD, BCPS At 19 years old, my best friend was involved a motorcycle crash. Her severe TBI caused her to stay in the neurocritical care (NCC) unit for 13 days. That experience...


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Report from the First German – Austrian – Swiss Conference of Aspects of Circulatory Arrest in Berlin

By Jens Nee 1 , Erich Schmutzhard 2 , Raimund Helbok 3 Medical Department, Divison of Nephrology and Intensive Care Medicine - Circulatory Arrest Center, Charité University Medicine Berlin, Charitéplatz 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany. Department of Neurology, Neurocritical Care, Medical...


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Neurocritical Care Education in the Dominican Republic

By Lauren Koffman, DO and Starane Shepherd, MD Through a partnership with the Rush University Global Health Department, a local nonprofit organization, Community Empowerment and the Feltrex Foundation, Lauren Koffman and Starane Shepherd were welcomed back to Santo Domingo in the Dominican...


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Stories of Hope: Christopher

There was a trail of blood around the house that led to the basement. He recalls pacing back and forth, trying to take care of a wound. He had blacked out at some point, but he remembers his dog vigorously licking him to get up and answer the door. Christopher’s memory and speech still aren...