Neurocritical care course for Nurses



1. Neurological examination in ICU and Assessment of coma – Part 1 & Part 2
2. Monitoring in the Neurocritical care ICU
3. Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke
4. Management of Intra Cerebral Haemorrhage & Subarachnoid Haemorrhage
5. Management of Seizures and Status Epilepticus
6. Spinal Cord Injury – Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3


Course Outcome :

Given a patient with CNS crisis and/or an altered level of consciousness, or with progressive life-threatening neuromuscular disorders, the student must be able to recognize the nature of the situation, institute immediate life-sustaining measures, carry out an appropriate neurological examination, derive a differential diagnosis, and continue with appropriate diagnostic and supportive measures until the problem is eventually resolved.

  1. Recognize and initiate the acute management of Coma, acute hydrocephalus, brain death evaluation, persistent vegetative state, intracranial vascular accidents (subarachnoid hemorrhage, intraventricular hemorrhage, intraparenchymal hemorrhage), Sub-Dural Hematomas, Epi-Dural Hematomas, Status Epilepticus, Intracranial Infection, Intracranial Hypertension, Spinal Cord Injury.
  2. Recognize, investigate, and describe the pathophysiology and treatment of raised intracranial pressure.
  3. Discuss the Monroe-Kellie doctrine and the physiology of cerebral vascular auto-regulation.
  4. State the advantages, disadvantages, and indications for hyperventilation, Mannitol, hypertonic saline, hypothermia, and induced hypertension in the management of raised ICP.