New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center has what is referred to as a "closed" neurocritical care unit, which means our attention is dedicated exclusively to the care of patients who have suffered from any type of acute brain injury, including severe and acute strokes.
Our dedicated neurocritical care team — certified specialists in vascular and neurocritical care — focuses exclusively on the special and complex needs of these critically ill patients. They provide moment-to-moment brain monitoring and interventions in a caring, highly specialized environment. The latest technologies, such as minimally invasive brain and cardiac monitoring, permit the early recognition and treatment of secondary brain injury from increased brain pressures or reduced blood flow.
Our critical care physicians are also available to provide second opinions regarding the care of critically ill patients at other hospitals, and to coordinate transfers when appropriate. They are experts in the management of all forms of brain and spinal cord injuries, and their extensive experience and expertise help us achieve the best possible outcomes.
In 2010, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell opened a 21-bed "step-down unit" to provide specialized care for patients with neurological illnesses such as stroke who are stable enough to leave the ICU, but who still require frequent neurological monitoring. All 21 beds are telemetry-monitored. Patients who need a ventilator, ventriculostomy, or lumbar drain can receive them on this unit. Our staff members take patients' vital signs every two hours around the clock, and there is 24-hour coverage by a member of the neurology team.