By Julio A. Chalela, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, USA
Patrick E. Britell, Anesthesiology and Neurosurgery, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, USA
Neurocritical Care, , Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 253–260
Neurocritical care is usually practiced in the comfort of an intensive care unit within a tertiary care medical center. Physicians deployed to the frontline with the US military or allied military are required to use their critical care skills and their neurocritical skills in austere environments with limited resources. Due to these factors, tactical critical care and tactical neurocritical care differ significantly from traditional critical care. Operational constraints, the tactical environment, and resource availability dictate that tactical neurocritical care be practiced within a well-defined, mission-constrained framework. Although limited interventions can be performed in austere conditions, they can significantly impact patient outcome. This review focuses on the US Army approach to the patient requiring tactical neurocritical care specifically point of injury care and care during transportation to a higher level of care.