The neurology inpatient service on the sixth floor of University Hospital accepts patients from Virginia and surrounding states. In addition, because of the subspecialty expertise of particular faculty members, patients are sent from the rest of the U.S. and the world. Patients are admitted for diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of neurologic diseases. Those diagnosed with chronic illnesses are followed by attendings and housestaff in the Neurologic Outpatient Clinic.
Patients located on other services and in the emergency rooms with concurrent neurologic disorders are managed through the following neurologic consultation services:
- General Neurology
- Vascular – Stroke
- Pediatric Neurology
Adult and Pediatric patients are admitted to the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) for continuous EEG monitoring to determine why patients are having spells, classify seizure types, and evaluate if a patient could be a candidate for epilepsy surgery in medically refractory patients.
UVA’s 12-bed Nerancy Neuro Intensive Care Unit (NNICU) is staffed by physicians and other health care providers who are trained to care for neuro patients who are either critically ill or who have just come from brain, spine, neurovascular, or peripheral nerve surgery. The Unit also provides care for patients:
- in need of intensive observation following a stroke
- with respiratory or blood pressure problems due to neurological disorders such as Guillain-Barre syndrome
- have medical complications together with a neurological, neurosurgical or orthopedic problem
Patients in the NNICU receive specialized care from:
- an attending neurosurgeon or neurologist
- neuro-intensivists — physicians who specialize in caring for critical neuro patients and who share direct responsibility with our attending physicians
- nurses who are specially trained and understand the complexities of caring for neuro patients
- therapists specializing in neurological care
- medical residents in neurosurgery, neurology and anesthesiology
- medical fellows in neurologic and internal medical critical care
Patients who have been stabilized and no longer require the intense level of care provided in the NNICU can go to another bed just down the hall. They may go to a step-down unit, where the level of care still exceeds that provided in a traditional inpatient setting.