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Three Levels of Specialized Care

Three Levels of Specialized Care

Upstate University Hospital's Neuroscience Services represents a comprehensive continuum of services and care for neurology and neurosurgery patients. The Neuroscience nursing units work together to support patient process and care throughout each level of need. We pride ourselves on the neuroscience nursing specialty, focusing on the unique expertise needed to care for this specialized patient population.

As patients progress through their recovery they are moved from the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit to the Neuroscience Intermediate Care unit and/or the Neuroscience Medical Surgical Unit in our beautiful facility in the East Tower. Daily discharge planning rounds, involving all members of the multi-disciplinary team, occur Monday through Friday.

Neuroscience Medical Surgical Unit (9G)
9G is the 19-bed Neuroscience Medical Surgical Unit. The nurses on this unit care for a wide range of patients who have undergone complex neurological procedures as well as trauma. The unit also cares for a wide range of neurology diagnoses including stroke and migraine. The unit also has telemetry monitoring capability for 16 patients.

Neuroscience Intermediate Care Unit (9E)
The Neuroscience Intermediate Care Unit is a 13-bed combination step-down, stroke and epilepsy monitoring unit. The nurses are trained in critical care as well as epilepsy monitoring. This unit is the primary support for patients admitted with newly diagnosed stroke in need of emergent TPA administration. All beds have state-of-the-art monitoring capability.

Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (9F)
The Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit is a state-of-the-art 14-bed neuroscience intensive care unit. 9F is the only Neuro ICU in Central New York. Nurses in this unit care for the complex neurocritically ill patient requiring advanced neuromonitoring and neuro-assessment. Common patient diagnoses include brain trauma, subarachnoid hemorrhage, subdural and epidural hematomas, brain tumors, and status epilepticus. Complex treatment modalities in the NSICU include intracranial pressure monitoring, and external ventricular drainage, the use of brain tissue oxygenation monitoring and induced therapeutic hypothermia for cardiac arrest as well as for complex neurological conditions. Specialized training and education is provided during orientation. A learning environment is supported in the daily routine of the NSICU staff.