Neurocritical Care

What is neurocritical care?

When a child is hospitalized in the intensive care unit—whether because of trauma, a serious neurological condition or another life-threatening illness or injury—her developing brain needs special care.

Neurocritical care is a field devoted to protecting and treating the brains of critically ill and injured children. This involves several important steps:

  • assessing the full effects of the injury or illness on a child's brain
  • continually monitoring brain functions through sophisticated imaging and testing
  • developing customized treatment plans that address each child's particular needs and circumstances 

How Boston Children's Hospital approaches neurocritical care

Boston Children's Hospital is home to the nation's first comprehensive, multidisciplinary Neurocritical Care Program for pediatric patients. Located within the Boston Children's Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU), the program brings together highly skilled and extensively trained experts from key specialties, including:

The program was established and is directed by Robert C. Tasker, MB, BS, MD, regarded as the world's foremost expert on pediatric neurocritical care. Learn more about Dr. Tasker and his work.

Our Neurocritical Care Program treats children of all ages who are hospitalized in the ICU. Among the conditions we treat are:

In addition, our program is equipped to care for all children who are on ventilators or undergoing major surgical procedures.

Neurocritical care: Reviewed by Robert Tasker, MB, BS, MD
© Boston Children's Hospital; posted in 2012