Decreased Odds for Vasospasm Treatment in Patients with Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage after Transitioning from Neurosurgery Led Care to a Neurology Led Multidisciplinary Approach.
multidisciplinary care, vasospasm, subarachnoid hemorrhages, neurosurgery, NCCU
Medicine and Health Sciences | Neurology
Introduction: The limited research on the management of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhages (aSAHs) has not assessed the efficacy of neurology-led care. Our objective was to describe aSAH patients' outcomes after transitioning from a neurosurgery-led intensive care unit (ICU) to a neurology-led multidisciplinary care neurocritical care unit (NCCU). The study hypothesis was that the neurology-led multidisciplinary care would improve patient outcomes.
Methods: This was a retrospective cohort study. We included patients (≥ 18) with aSAHs from 1/16 to 8/16 (pregroup) and from 3/17 to 11/17 (postgroup). The pregroup care was led by a neurosurgeon. The postgroup care included a neurologist, a pulmonary intensivist, a neurocritical care clinical nurse specialist, a neurosurgeon, and euvolemia protocol. The primary outcome was trips to interventional radiology (IR) for vasospasm treatment. Univariate analyses and multivariable ordinal logistic regression were used.
Results: There were 99 patients included: 50 in the pregroup and 49 in the postgroup. On average, postgroup patients were 7 years older than the pregroup (
Conclusions: In aSAH patients, the neurology-led multidisciplinary care in the NCCU decreased the odds of repeated procedures for vasospasm treatment. Neurology-led multidisciplinary care could be more cost-effective than the neurosurgical-led care.
Publisher or Conference
Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology
Bartt R, Jarvis S, Cittadino L, et al. Decreased Odds for Vasospasm Treatment in Patients with Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage after Transitioning from Neurosurgery Led Care to a Neurology Led Multidisciplinary Approach. J Vasc Interv Neurol. 2019;10(3):30–33.