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Neurocritical Care

As Maine's only ACS Level I verified trauma center, MMC has met rigorous national standards established by the Trauma Committee of the American College of Surgeons to provide 24/7 specialist coverage for trauma care. Through the Neuroscience Institute, the medical center has further refined trauma and critical care for neuro patients, providing around-the-clock coverage to serve this complex population. The MMC Neuroscience Institute - Neurocritical Care

MMC's Neurocritical Care Program provides integrated, multidisciplinary expertise including trauma, neurosurgery, neurology, critical care medicine/ intensivists, nursing, radiology, pain management, pulmonary and respiratory therapy, and physical, occupational and speech therapy. In fact, this is the state's largest, most comprehensive team of caregivers in the management of intensively neurologically injured patients. They currently care for an average of eight to ten neurocritical care patients each day - a volume greater than at any other hospital in Maine.

In addition to the depth and breadth of neuro-clinical resources that can be brought to the patient's bedside at MMC, another advantage of MMC's Neurocritical Care Program is the cohorting of these complicated patients to dedicated beds in the hospital's special care unit. MMC remains on the leading edge with the acquisition of new multi-modality brain monitoring technology including continuous EEG monitoring and cerebral oxygenation monitoring.

An integral aspect of the program is standardizing care for critically ill patients - adopting evidence-based, best-practice guidelines to optimize outcomes. For example, patients with traumatic brain injury are managed using guidelines from the American College of Neurosurgery and its Committee on Trauma, ensuring MMC provides care with a consistent, unified approach.

With a coordinated approach to care, a team of multidisciplinary clinicians and adherence to evolving care pathways that incorporate sophisticated monitoring techniques, critically ill patients who ten years ago would not be expected to survive, are today surviving with increasing frequency and regaining a remarkable level of independence. Their recovery is enhanced by MMC's close collaborative relationship with New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland, giving patients a seamless continuum of care as they recover from severe neurological injury or illness.