Neurocritical Care Guidelines

The Neurocritical Care Society publishes guidelines with the aim of guiding decisions and criteria regarding diagnosis, management and treatment in specific areas of health care.

Position Statements

Neurocritical Care Resource Utilization in Pandemics

View: A Position Statement for Healthcare Professionals from the Neurocritical Care Society.

Recommendations for the Critical Care Management of Devastating Brain Injury: Prognostication, Psychosocial and Ethical Management

View: A Position Statement for Healthcare Professionals from the Neurocritical Care Society.
View: Slide Kit Overview

Consensus Statements

The Insertion and Management of External Ventricular Drains: An Evidence-Based Consensus Statement

View: A Statement for Healthcare Professionals from the Neurocritical Care Society.

Consensus Summary Statement of the International Multidisciplinary Consensus Conference on Multimodality Monitoring in Neurocritical Care

View: A statement for healthcare professionals from the Neurocritical Care Society and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.
Endorsed by the Society of Critical Care Medicine and Latin American Brain Injury Consortium. This article is endorsed by the Japan Society of Neurological Emergency and Critical Care (JNE), the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and is being simultaneously published in Neurocritical Care and Intensive Care Medicine 2014.
View: Evidentiary Tables
View: Slide Kit Overview
View: Related Publications 

Critical Care Management of Patients Following Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

View: Recommendations from the Neurocritical Care Society's Multidisciplinary Consensus Conference.
View: Spanish Translation
View: Related Publications

Guidelines Endorsed by NCS


  • Pediatric and Adult Brain Death/Death by Neurologic Criteria Consensus Guideline (View)
  • The COVID-19 pandemic and the ethical duties of the neurologist (View)
  • Updated Nomenclature of Delirium and Acute Encephalopathy: Statement of Ten Societies (View)
  • Practice Guideline: Reducing Brain Injury After Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (View
  • Determining Brain Dealth in Adults (View)
  • Concussion in Sports Guideline (View


  • Clinical Policy: Use of Intravenous tPA for the Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke in the Emergency Department (View

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

  • Guidelines for the Early Management of Patients With Acute Ischemic Stroke: 2019 Update to the 2018 Guidelines for the Early Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke (View)
  • Palliative and End-of-Life Care in Stroke: A Statement for Healthcare Professionals (View)
  • Guidelines for the Management of Spontaneous Intracerebral Hemorrhage (View)
  • Recommendations for the Management of Cerebral and Cerebellar Infarction with Swelling (View)
  • Recommendations for Regional Stroke Destination Plans in Rural, Suburban, and Urban Communities From the Prehospital Stroke System of Care Consensus Conference (View)


  • Anesthetic Management of Endovascular Treatment for Acute Ischemic Stroke (View)

NCS Guidelines Committee, Endorsements, Partnership Requests and Other Resources

NCS Guidelines Committee

The NCS Guidelines Committee directs the development of specialty appropriate clinical practice guidelines, oversees internal and external review of documents requesting imprimatur of the society, and collaborates with other societies when endorsement or affirmation of content is requested. The Guidelines Committee also provides guidance on nomenclature and allocation of resources for new projects that seek NCS imprimatur, and/or could benefit from structure and oversight provided by the committee.


  • Determining topics suitable for guideline development

  • Assisting with document nomenclature

  • Identifying key content experts for selected topics

  • Facilitating development of clinical practice guidelines utilizing the GRADE approach

  • Managing internal and external peer review processes

  • Organizing expert panels to address controversial issues

  • Coordinating endorsements and collaborations with other societies

  • Determining document distribution through publication, presentation at national and international meetings, and other electronic communications

Partnership and Endorsement Requests

If you are interested in partnering with NCS or having your guideline endorsed by NCS, please send a formal request to

ECRI Guidelines Trust® (EGI) 

Since 1968, the people of ECRI Institute have made it their mission to protect patients from unsafe and ineffective medical technologies and practices. More than 5,000 healthcare institutions and systems worldwide rely on the ECRI Institute to guide their operational and strategic decisions. NCS is proud to post our guidelines on the ECRI website. You can learn more by visiting their web page here: