Neurointensive care



Click the red dots for more info on the Neuro-ICU monitoring devices.

The picture shows the newly renovated neurointensive care unit (Neuro-ICU) in Uppsala. 

The main purpose of neurointensive care is to prevent secondary brain injury owing to secondary complications following the primary insult. Secondary brain damage may result from intracranial complications (e.g. hemorrhage, brain swelling and epileptic seizure activity) as well as systemic complications (e.g. low blood pressure, insufficient lung function, high blood sugar, fever).

The neurointensive care aims at preventing such complications by continuous surveillance/monitoring of the patients. This is achieved by clinical monitoring (frequent examinations of neurological function) combined with a number of monitoring methods such as intracranial pressure monitoring, neuroimaging (CT, MR, PET), neurochemical monitoring (microdialysis, brain tissue oximetry) and neurophysiological monitoring (electrocorticography, cerebral blood flow and transcranial doppler measurement).


Brain tissue oxygen monitoring ICP monitoring S JV oxygen monitoring Neurochemical monitoring Datoriserad presentation och insamling av data

Patient undersöks med datortomografi

If an intracranial complication (e.g. a bleed) is suspected based on the monitoring data a new CT Scan is immediately performed bed side with our mobile CT-scanner.

  The CT Scan shows that a right sided subdural hematoma has developed.

The hematoma must promptly be evacuated surgically in order to prevent the development of secondary brain damage due to increased intracranial pressure.