Identifying Neuroemergencies

Published:September 30, 2016DOI:
      I was once told somewhere along my training that “all the organs of the body are there to serve the brain and when the brain goes we go.” It may have been a neurologist who said that, but it is something I have always believed. Neuroemergencies can be some of the most devastating problems that we encounter in the emergency department (ED). Stroke, subdural hematomas, meningitis, gunshot wounds, seizures all require immediate intervention if bad outcomes are to be prevented. The Core Principles of Acute Neurology is a series of texts published by Oxford Press that augment a typical neurology textbook by covering topics that are more appropriate for the neurocritical care unit or ED than the office practice. These texts, while written with the neurologist in mind, have been a source of excellent information for the emergency physician in both the ED and the intensive care unit.
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