Neurocritical care is the intensive care management of patients with life-threatening neurological and neurosurgical illnesses such as massive stroke, bleeding in or around the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracerebral hemorrhage, subdural hemorrhage, intraventricular hemorrhage), brain tumors, brain trauma, status epilepticus, nerve and muscle diseases (myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome), spinal cord disorders and the cardiopulmonary complications of brain injury. Neurocritical care provides the interface between the brain and other organ systems in the setting of critical illness. Patients are taken care of within a single specialized unit. Neurocritical care units specialize in managing the unique needs of such critically ill patients.
Stories of Hope
In the practice of neurocritical care, we treat patients with truly life-altering disease states. The uncertainty of neurologic prognosis can leave both families and providers feeling doubtful and defeated. We all need reminders to keep hope and reinforce our resilience. Stories of Hope, a feature within NCS' Currents publication, tells the stories of patients who have fought their way to recovery and the experiences of their family and/or medical providers. By sharing these stories, we remind each other of what we are all working for and reinforce each other's resilience and hope.
Do you have a story to share? Email your idea as a brief paragraph to email@example.com with the subject line "Stories of Hope." Requirements:
- Stories should be no longer than 3,000 words.
- A HIPAA release is required with all submissions.
- Stories are encouraged to take different perspectives into account, including nursing, family, friends and providers.
- Headshots of authors are required and photographs of patients, families and the clinical team are strongly encouraged.
- Stories should relay diversity of perspective and include direct quotations.
- Remember that the goal of these stories are to spread hope; the running theme of each story should reflect this goal.
- You will be working closely with our editorial team to come up with the finished product.
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