Neurointensive Care Unit

Critical Care After a Stroke

When a stroke affects you or a loved one, the Neurointensive Care Unit at the Emory Stroke Center provides quick, critical neurological treatment. Our advanced neurointensive team saves more lives, reduces stroke complications and gets you home faster. 

Improving Stroke Care for You

Our Neurointensive Care Unit gives you the best possible stroke and neurologic care. Our specialized approach means more patients survive and experience less severe complications.

  • Fewer stroke patients need rehabilitation. We provide rehab services to 31% of stroke patients, down from 40%.
  • More patients with hemorrhagic strokes return home, instead of going to a nursing home. Today 42% of patients go home after their stroke, up from 27%. 

Benefits of Neurointensive Care

A stroke can happen at any time. Our team is available and on-site 24/7 to provide lifesaving stroke care. We use the most advanced treatment devices, procedures and technology to treat stroke better and faster.

Our neurointensive care unit provides many benefits. 

A team of specialists

  • Interventional neuroradiologists who specialize in stroke diagnosis and less-invasive treatments
  • Neurointensivists who provide emergency stroke care 
  • Neurologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Nurses explicitly trained in stroke care
  • Pharmacists

Coordinated care for fast, efficient, and accurate treatment

  • Each physician evaluates you in their area of specialty
  • The team decides on the best treatment based on your condition
  • You get improved care that leads to better outcomes 

Air transport for fast access to advanced stroke care

  • Emory Flight provides air transport to the hospital
  • Our air medical team transports people in need from almost anywhere in the Southeast
  • Our three helicopters are equipped with advanced life support systems

Emory University Hospital’s Neurointensive Care Unit

  • 23 neurointensive beds for stroke patients 
  • 5 neuro step-down or intermediate care beds
  • 41 acute care floor beds
The benefit of neurocritical care for patients who are admitted to Emory University Hospital with stroke has been truly remarkable. Patients are spending less time in the intensive care unit (ICU), having fewer complications and are more likely to be discharged home from the hospital rather than going to a nursing home.

– Owen Samuels, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery & Director of Neurocritical Care at Emory
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