Few Brain Aneurysm Patients Receive Specialized Care Despite Proven Benefits
Medical News Today
The Neurocritical Care Society is releasing a comprehensive
set of guidelines this week to guide physicians and hospitals on how to
optimally care for patients’ ruptured brain aneurysms. One of the strongest
recommendations is that all patients receive specialized care at high-volume
stroke centers that treat at least 60 cases per year.
"One important reason for better outcomes in large volume centers is that care is provided by specialized neurocritical care teams," said Dr. Paul Vespa, Director of Neurocritical Care at UCLA Medical Center and lead author of the report. "Once bleeding from the aneurysm is controlled, highly-specialized ICU care is required to detect and treat secondary complications. These complications are often just as deadly, if not more so, than the bleeding event."
National Stroke Association’s mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke.