Neurotrauma Patient Care
The Neurotrauma and Neuroscience Critical Care Program at Mischer Neuroscience Institute is internationally recognized for the treatment of high-acuity brain and spinal cord injuries. Affiliated physicians manage more neurotrauma cases than any other center in the United States, with neurointensivists and experienced advanced practice practitioners staffing the dedicated Neuroscience ICU around the clock to provide ongoing intensive care to critically ill patients. The number of faculty and size of the program continue to grow, with nearly 2,400 brain and spine trauma patients treated in calendar year 2013.
The Neuroscience Critical Care Program, which is led by Kiwon Lee, M.D., FACP, FAHA, FCCM, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Neurosurgery and Neurology for Critical Care, utilizes the most advanced medical technologies and devices, including a multimodal monitoring system.
Mischer Neuroscience Institute was the first in Texas and the only center in the region to receive the highly coveted Comprehensive Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The Neuroscience ICU team provides comprehensive high-level care for all neurological and neurosurgical vascular emergencies and illnesses, with more than 2,500 vascular cases [PA3] treated annually. The dedicated ICU team operates in a closed-unit model and is the primary care team for surgical vascular patients, providing cutting-edge care 24/7.
Patients with acute neurological injuries benefit from the Texas Trauma Institute at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center – one of only two Level I trauma centers in the area and the busiest in the nation – and from Memorial Hermann Life Flight®, the first air medical transport service established in Texas and the second in the nation. Built on the hospital’s long-term collaboration with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, the 200-bed Texas Trauma Institute provides high-quality care to both adult and pediatric trauma patients and offers a full spectrum of service including access to Houston’s only verified burn center. Physicians affiliated with the Institute drive innovations in trauma care by moving research quickly from the laboratory to the bedside. Patients at the Texas Trauma Institute also have access to additional services essential to trauma care: trauma and neurocritical care; trauma surgery; orthopedic surgery; emergency general surgery; emergency medicine; neurology and neurosurgery; oral maxillofacial, plastic and ENT surgery; hand surgery and plastic reconstructive surgery; transfusion medicine; physical medicine and rehabilitation; obstetrics and gynecology; urology; ophthalmology; heart and vascular; anesthesia; radiology; and hospitalists.
Memorial Hermann Life Flight, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services, provides high-quality care and safe air transport for critically ill and injured patients. The Adult and Children’s Transport Teams operate within a 300-mile radius of Houston using ground ambulance, a 150-mile radius using 24/7 air ambulance and far beyond using private jet services. Memorial Hermann-TMC was the first hospital to give blood transfusions during transport. For staff members, every second counts.