News Release: Emory Healthcare , School of Medicine

May 5,  2010

Expert Care Plus Added Comfort Found at Emory University Hospital Midtown's Neurosciences ICU

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Patients and families of patients admitted to the Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Emory University Hospital Midtown will experience comfort to go along with the expert care they receive.

A recent renovation to all 12 rooms includes: new furniture, new flooring, new glass doors to keep out sound and allow nurses to see into the patients' rooms from the nurses' stations, new curtains and drapes, flat-screen televisions, and ceiling-mounted patient lifting equipment. In addition, the family waiting room, the nurses' stations, the medication station and the staff lounge have undergone renovations.

"Because we are seeing an increase in neurosurgical patients at Emory University Hospital Midtown, a renovation, additional high-tech equipment and specialty training are needed to help us expand our care and resources for our patients," says Costas Hadjipanayis, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurosurgery, Emory University School of Medicine and a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar. "These improvements support our commitment to deliver outstanding patient care and quality to some of our sickest patients."

Recently named chief of neurosurgery at Emory University Hospital Midtown, Hadjipanayis expertise includes surgical neuro-oncology, endoscopic removal of brain and skull base tumors, cranial and spinal radiosurgery, brain biopsies, spinal tumor removal, and spinal reconstruction.

Each neurosciences-ICU room has been fitted with continuous EEG (electroencephalogram) capabilities to measure and record electrical activity in the brain, with a physician viewing station added to monitor the patients.

R. Edward Faught, MD, professor of neurology at Emory who specializes in epilepsy, has recently joined the faculty and will use the new EEG equipment to observe and monitor patients in the unit. Faught comes to Emory from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where he was on the faculty for 29 years and served as the director of the UAB Epilepsy Center.

He joins a number of other Emory and private practice neurologists at Emory University Hospital Midtown, all dedicated to providing expert neurological care to patients, many of whom are in critical condition.

Specialty certified nurses in the ICU directly involve the patient, when possible, and the family members with the patient's care while hospitalized.

"To provide the most innovative and quality care for our patients, our nursing staff is striving towards specialty certification in both critical care and neurosciences for all of our registered nurses, while also receiving continuous education in the fields," says Kim Lucas, RN, unit director of 31 neurosciences ICU. "This extra training assures us that our patients will receive outstanding care while on the unit following surgery."

Other intensive care units within Emory University Hospital Midtown are also undergoing renovations to update equipment and improve comfort to patients and their families.

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