Standards for Neurologic Critical Care Units: A Statement for Healthcare Professionals from The Neurocritical Care Society

Asma M. Moheet, Sarah L. Livesay, Tamer Abdelhak, Thomas P. Bleck, Theresa Human, Navaz Karanjia, Amanda Lamer-Rosen, Joshua Medow, Paul A. Nyquist, Axel Rosengart, Wade Smith, Michel T. Torbey, Cherylee W.J. Chang

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Neurocritical care is a distinct subspecialty focusing on the optimal management of acutely ill patients with life-threatening neurologic and neurosurgical disease or with life-threatening neurologic manifestations of systemic disease. Care by expert healthcare providers to optimize neurologic recovery is necessary. Given the lack of an organizational framework and criteria for the development and maintenance of neurological critical care units (NCCUs), this document is put forth by the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS). Recommended organizational structure, personnel and processes necessary to develop a successful neurocritical care program are outlined. Methods: Under the direction of NCS Executive Leadership, a multidisciplinary writing group of NCS members was formed. After an iterative process, a framework was proposed and approved by members of the writing group. A draft was then written, which was reviewed by the NCS Quality Committee and NCS Guidelines Committee, members at large, and posted for public comment. Feedback was formally collated, reviewed and incorporated into the final document which was subsequently approved by the NCS Board of Directors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-160
Number of pages16
JournalNeurocritical Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018


  • Consensus
  • Critical care
  • Critical care unit
  • Intensive care
  • Intensive care unit
  • Neurocritical care
  • Neurocritical care unit
  • Performance improvement
  • Quality
  • Quality improvement
  • Quality indicator
  • Standards

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology


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