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Neurological Intensive Care (Neuro ICU) at Winthrop-University Hospital

What is a Neuro Intensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU)?

The first unit to provide neurological critical care on Long Island

Winthrop-University Hospital’s Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU) is designed for patients recovering from complex neurosurgical procedures or those with acute neurological disorders. This neurological critical care includes the treatment, supervision and medical management of brain hemorrhaging, stroke caused by a blood clot, unremitting epileptic seizures, traumatic brain injury, serious neuromuscular disorders that can cause life-threatening paralysis, and tumors or infections of the brain or spinal cord.

Established in 2002 as the first of its kind on Long Island, Winthrop’s Neuro ICU includes 14 acute-care beds, six step-down beds, and an expert team of neurosurgeons, neurointensivists, neurologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses with extensive training in neurological critical care and the use of advanced monitoring technology.

Our specialists work as a team to orchestrate the complex range of testing and immediate interventions required to minimize immediate or delayed brain damage, and maximize the chances for a full recovery.     

Advanced Neuro ICU Technology

With state-of-the-art technology, our Neuro ICU staff assesses and manages neurological disorders such as brain aneurysms, cerebral hemorrhages and strokes. They use:  

  • Continuous EEG Monitoring
  • Intracranial Pressure Monitoring (ICP)
  • Licox (Brain Oxygenation) Monitoring
  • Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT)

Neuro ICU Procedures

Highly specialized procedures include:

  • Hemicraniectomy
  • Induced Hypothermia/li>
  • Interventional Neuroradiology Procedures
  • Plasmapharesis
  • Specific Pharmacotherapies
  • Thrombolysis
  • Ventricular Drainage

Sophisticated neuroradiology and interventional neuroradiology diagnostic tools are located in close proximity to the Neuro ICU. They include:

  • 64-slice Computed Tomography Scanner (CT)
  • Biplane Digital Angiography system
  • Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA)
  • CT Perfusion
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiograpy (MRA)
  • Positive Emission Tomography (PET)

Neuro ICU Leadership

Elizbieta Wirkowski, MD
Co-Director, Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NeuroICU)
516-663-4525

Michael Brisman, MD
Co-Director; Chief, Division of Neurosurgery
516-255-9031

Jay Yasen, MD
Director of Stroke Services
516-663-4525

Neurological Disorders Research

Research is vital to the delivery of high-caliber care, and the neurological specialists at Winthrop-University Hospital’s Neuro ICU are involved in research to further advance neuroscience and neurological critical care. Current studies include:

  • Apoptosis in intracerebral hemorrhages
  • Role of activated Factor VII in the acute intracranial bleed
  • ARUBA trial