Brain Care After the ICU
OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital offers your child advanced neurocritical care to recover from a serious brain or spinal cord condition. The Pediatric Neurocritical Care Clinic is the only one of its kind on the West Coast. You'll find:
- A team of specialists devoted to your child's recovery.
- Close cooperation with your family and your child's school, therapists and primary care doctor.
- Expertise in all aspects of brain and spinal cord care, including headaches, memory and emotional health.
- Treatment tailored to your child's needs.
What is neurocritical care?
Children who receive treatment in our intensive care unit for a brain or spinal cord illness or injury may not be done healing when they leave Doernbecher. We provide ongoing care for children with issues such as:
- Sleep problems
- Depression and anxiety
- Memory and attention problems
- Developmental delays
- Problems learning or behaving at school
Conditions we treat
- Traumatic brain injury (often related to a car or bike accident)
- Brain infection, such as meningitis
- Inflammation of the brain or spinal cord
- Seizure disorders
- Spinal cord injury
- Cardiac arrest that injures the brain
- Severe concussion
- Brain injury that results from critical care involving:
- Conditions such as sepsis (a bacterial infection)
- Treatment such as ECMO, a life-support system for the heart and lungs
Our children's specialists offer expertise in:
- Neurocritical care (intensive care for patients with serious brain, spine or nerve conditions)
- Neurology (care for conditions of the brain, spinal cord and the rest of the nervous system)
- Neurophysiology (the use of specialized tests to map and diagnose brain, spinal cord and nervous system conditions)
- Neuropsychology (how brain conditions affect behavior, emotion and thinking)
Cydni Williams, M.D.
- PICU Family Night: Patients with brain injury or illness and their families gather for dinner, children's activities and support.
- When: 6 to 8 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month
- Where: Collins/Goudy room, 11th floor, Doernbecher Children's Hospital
- Oregon Brain Injury Alliance: The local chapter of the national Brain Injury Alliance provides information, advocacy and support to survivors and families.
- Oregon Family to Family Health Information Center: Parents of children with special needs help families connect and navigate the health care system.
- The Center on Brain Injury Research and Training: This University of Oregon center does research and training to improve the lives of traumatic brain injury survivors.
- After PICU: Resources for patients and families after a child's critical illness.
- Society of Critical Care Medicine: Information and links for patients and families.