The Neuro-Intensive Care section is led by Chiara Robba.

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Mastering the Brain in Critical Conditions

Format: Virtual
Dates: TBC

Acute neurological disorders, such as traumatic brain injury or ischemic and haemorrhagic stroke, are amongst the most prevalent causes of death and disability worldwide. In addition, severe systemic insults such as sepsis or severe shock often affect the brain.

Caring for patients with critical neurological and neurosurgical conditions is challenging, and requires a unique set of skills. In this course, we offer an advanced training and educational program to manage neuro-critically ill patients.

The course will cover a broad spectrum of topics, including basic pathophysiological principles, traditional and novel diagnostic and monitoring tools, updated treatment strategies, and realistic clinical scenarios.

Free live webinars are available for members & non members on the ESICM Media Library.



Use of Non-Invasive Methods for Intracranial Pressure (ICP) Monitoring in Traumatic Brain Injury when invasive ICP is not available (in Low income countries).

EURopean study on Encephalitis in intensive Care. This is a prospective observational multicentre study in European ICUs. All patients admitted to the ICU for probable or confirmed AE (2013 IDSA criteria) will be included.

The main aims of the project are to describe the epidemiology and outcomes of patients admitted to the ICU with all-cause acute (meningo-) encephalitis in European countries.


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Current Practices for Neurological Prognostication after Cardiac Arrest.

The aim of this survey was to investigate the current practice and timing of neurological prognostication after cardiac arrest in European ICUs.


Friberg H et al., Survey on current practices for neurological prognostication after cardiac arrest.

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RBC Transfusion in TBI

The aim of the survey was to investigate the practices of RBC transfusion in patients with primary acute brain injury and the exact haemoglobin thresholds that trigger RBC transfusion in this specific ICU population.

Slooter AJC et al. Updated nomenclature of delirium and acute encephalopathy: statement of ten Societies
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Nicolas Weisset al. Understanding haepatic encephalopathy.
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Ary Serpa Neto et al. Known and unknown potentially modifiable factors contributing to outcome in brain-injured patients who need mechanical ventilatory support. Discussion on ‘The BI-VILI project: a nationwide quality improvement project’.
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Fever control in critically ill adults
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TTM: Is 48 hours at 33ºC better than 24?
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Modifiable factors contributing to sepsis-associated encephalopathy?
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Decompressive Craniectomy for Traumatic Intracranial Hypertension?
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Mens sana in corpore sano: new guidelines on delirium, analgesia and sedation in the ICU
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Continuous Monitoring of Spinal Cord Pressure Possible after Spinal Cord Injury
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