Neuro-Intensive Care Unit

Brain injuries and diseases of the nervous system can be disabling and life-threatening. But careful, thorough monitoring and innovative treatment of these problems can help ensure the best possible outcome for the patient.

Supporting the University of Chicago's world-class Neurosciences Critical Care Program is its unique Neuro-Intensive Care Unit (Neuro-ICU). This dedicated unit in the Center for Care and Discovery offers the most advanced monitoring and treatment for patients with brain injuries and neurological diseases. Staffed by full-time neurological and critical care specialists, it is the only unit of its kind in the area.

Dr. Jeffrey Frank in the NeuroICU. Dr. Jeffrey Frank, director of the NeuroICU.

In the NeuroICU, a multidisciplinary team of specially trained physicians, nurses, therapists, and other professionals provides balanced, attentive care in a unique environment. They assess a patient's vital functions, speech, and eye responses every hour--or more frequently, if necessary.

With responsive, personalized care, patients in the NeuroICU can recuperate and regain the strength they need to move on to the next phase of their recovery.

Our neuro-intensive care specialists have expertise in the management of many neurological disorders, including:

  • Brain tumors
  • Brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Nerve and muscle problems that affect breathing, such as myasthenia gravis and Guillan-Barré syndrome
  • Brain infections, such as encephalitis and meningitis
  • Persistent seizures
  • Brain swelling
  • Stroke
  • A range of other disorders