UVa Department of Neurology - Facilities - NNICU

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UVa Department of Neurology - Facilities - NNICU

This 12-bed unit provides the advantage of a state-of-the-art, digitized image-viewing system and computerized health care systems. A specially trained attending staff is either in the unit or on call 24 hours per day.  

A critical care setting

UVa's Nerancy Neuro Intensive Care Unit (NNICU) is staffed by physicians and other health care providers who are trained to care for neuro patients who are either critically ill or who have just come from brain, spine or peripheral nerve surgery.

The Unit also provides care for patients:

  • in need of intensive observation following a stroke
  • with respiratory or blood pressure problems due to neurological disorders such as Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • have medical complications together with a neurological, neurosurgical or orthopedic problem

Special care for special needs

Patients in the NNICU receive specialized care from:
  • an attending neurosurgeon or neurologist
  • neuro-intensivists -- physicians who specialize in caring for critical neuro patients and who share direct responsibility with our attending physicians
  • nurses who are specially trained and understand the complexities of caring for neuro patients
  • therapists specializing in neurological care
  • medical residents in neurosurgery, neurology and anesthesiology
  • medical fellows in neurologic and internal medical critical care

Patients who have been stabilized and no longer require the intense level of care provided in the NNICU can go to another bed just down the hall. They may go to a step-down unit, where the level of care still exceeds that provided in a traditional inpatient setting. Some patients may move from the NNICU to the Spine Unit or Stroke Unit.

Find a physician specializing in critical care neurology.