Neurocritical Care and Emergency Neurology

ExpressCare Ambulance

To transfer a patient to UMMC's Neurocritical Care and Emergency Neurology Unit, call Maryland ExpressCare at 1-800-373-4111 or 410-328-1234.

The University of Maryland Medical Center's Neurocritical Care and Emergency Neurology Unit is one of the most sophisticated in the area, specially equipped to care for the sickest patients when timely care is critical.

Emergency situations which the neurocritical care team is prepared to treat includes:

What Sets Us Apart

  • Collaboration with the University of Maryland Critical Care Resuscitation Unit, a novel resuscitation unit ensuring that critically ill patients with time-sensitive emergencies at referring facilities are admitted to UMMC regardless of bed availability in the Neurocritical Care Unit. 
  • A neurology nurse interacts with a patientMultidisciplinary Approach – UMMC's neurocritocal care team works closely with our colleagues from neurosurgery, interventional neuroradiology, stroke neurology, epilepsy, and neuromuscular disease to diagnose and manage complicated neurocritical care patients.

    Beyond physicians, our rounding team is comprised of a specialized neurocritical care pharmacist and nutritionist, and specialized neuroscience nurses. Our care is complemented by respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathology therapists, social workers, case managers and chaplains.
  • Focus on Patient and Family Experience – UMMC's Neurocritical Care Unit recognizes the unique stress that critical care places on patients and their families. We are committed to improving their experience by:
    • Integrating the patient and family into daily rounds
    • Conducting regular patient and family care conferences to mutually establish goals of care
    • Providing information and support to family regarding ways to assist with the care of their loved one
    • Offering open visitation (with no restriction on hours)
  • Access to Advanced Monitoring and Treatments – We use the latest advances in technology to monitor brain structure and function including CT scan, advanced MRI imaging, ultrasound, continuous EEG monitoring (available 24/7), cutting-edge hemodynamic monitoring, jugular venous oxygen saturation, measurement of intracranial pressure, direct measures of regional brain metabolism and oxygenation.

    We prevent secondary brain injury with state-of-the-art targeted temperature management devices, medications, and interventional neuroradiology and neurosurgical interventions. We offer opportunities to take part in the latest ground-breaking research to improve the future of neurocritical care.
  • Post-Neurocritical Care Unit NeuroRecovery Clinic – We recognize that the effects of acute neurological illness do not end when patients leave the neurocritical care unit. Following brain injury, many patients are faced with long-lasting disabilities that require ongoing attention and care. We have established an outpatient NeuroRecovery Clinic to address follow-up concerns, aid in transitions of care, and provide a roadmap to recovery.