Neurologic Intensive Care Unit

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When someone has suffered a brain injury, once they have been evaluated in the trauma unit, they are often admitted to the neurologic intensive care unit. On that unit, they will be continually monitored for signs that they are becoming more responsive. The staff will observe the brain injured patient for signs that they are opening their eyes, moving their extremities, attempting to speak, etc. The individual will often be intubated for protection of their airway which may include sedation that will reduce their responsiveness. This sedation is usually administered intravenously, and the neurologist will have the medications stopped for a period of time prior to evaluating their neurologic functioning. As the individual becomes more medically stable, they will eventually be transferred to a general medical floor where they will continue to be monitored, but will not require the same intensity of medical interventions.