Neurocritical Care Program
Our Neurocritical Care team includes expert physicians and nurse practitioners with expertise in the management of acute brain injuries and acutely worsening neurological conditions. Through advanced analysis and careful monitoring of critically ill children, our team delivers precision-based care to mitigate worsening brain injury, create an environment of optimal brain health, and help children and their families on the road toward recovery.
Our team consists of individuals with expertise in clinical neurophysiology, multimodality monitoring, neurosonology, advanced neuroimaging, pediatric stroke and neonatal neurology. Members of our neurocritical care team also engage in research efforts to better understand how acute brain injury propagates and how to deliver care against such injury. We are active in quality improvement efforts throughout all critical care units, as well as in the education and training of medical students, residents, fellows and nursing staff in effective implementation of neuroprotective care strategies.
Neurocritical Care Research Initiatives
Members of the Neurocritical Care Program at Phoenix Children’s lead multiple federal and foundation-based research studies that allow us to look for unique biomarkers that may be signs of brain injury or brain recovery. This information can be used to improve care in the future.
Our research grants include:
- U.S. Department of Defense funding to look at whether we can predict who will develop epilepsy, along with who will do worse with this condition
- American Heart Association funding to study which patients who undergo heart surgery with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) are at risk for brain injury
- University of Arizona Valley Research Partnership and Innovators in Neuroscience in Kids Foundation funding to investigate for electroencephalographic biomarkers of covert consciousness in children with acute brain injuries
We also are using big data in our collaboration with experts at Arizona State University to detect signs of brain injury before they occur using multimodality neurologic monitoring.