Neurocritical Care Society Podcast

Neurocritical Care Society

Official Podcast of the Neurocritical Care Society

  • 50 minutes 46 seconds
    PERSPECTIVES: Dr Gretchen Brophy

    In this week's episode of Perspectives, Dr Nicholas Morris is joined by NCS Past President, Dr Gretchen Brophy, Professor of Pharmacotherapy & Outcomes Sciences and Neurosurgery with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy, Medical College of Virginia Campus, in Richmond.

    17 July 2024, 1:38 am
  • 34 minutes 55 seconds
    MASTERCLASS: Critical Care EEG Monitoring

    Electroencephalography (EEG) is an important and relatively inexpensive tool that allows intensivists to monitor cerebral activity of critically ill patients in real time. Seizure detection in patients with and without acute brain injury is the primary reason to obtain an EEG in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU); and in response to the increased demand for EEG, advances in quantitative EEG (qEEG) created an approach to review large amounts of data instantly. Today, rapid response EEG is now available to reduce the time to detect electrographic seizures in limited-resource settings. In this week's MasterClass, our hosts Dr Jon Rosenberg and Dr Stephan Mayer are joined by Dr Lawerence Hirsch, Co-Director of the Critical Care EEG Monitoring Program at Yale School of Medicine to discuss the evolution, value, and impact of brain monitoring with EEG in the critically ill. 

    10 July 2024, 3:52 am
  • 21 minutes 57 seconds
    CURRENTS: Consent for Brain Death Determination - the ends justify the means... or it does not.

    The purpose of informed consent, as it exists now, is primarily to maintain patient autonomy, but additional benefits include the protection of patients, avoidance of fraud, and promotion of rational decisions, amongst others. It is now considered both an ethical and legal obligation which should, at a minimum, always include: 1) the nature of the procedure, 2) the risks and benefits of the procedure, 3) reasonable alternatives, and 4) risks and benefits of alternatives, with an assessment of comprehension of these elements (1). This week Dr Lauren Koffman is joined by Clotilde Balucani, MD and Julia Durrant, MD two of the authors of the recent Currents article Consent for Brain Death Determination - the ends justify the means... or it does not.

    3 July 2024, 3:25 am
  • 31 minutes 18 seconds

    It is unknown whether decompressive craniectomy improves clinical outcome for people with spontaneous severe deep intracerebral haemorrhage. The SWITCH trial aimed to assess whether decompressive craniectomy plus best medical treatment in these patients improves outcome at 6 months compared to best medical treatment alone. The SWITCH Trial has come to an end and the findings published in The Lancet and in this week's HOT TOPICS episode, Dr. Nicholas Morris is joined by two of the lead authors, Prof. Jürgen Beck, MD and Prof. Urs Fischer, MD to discuss the trial.

    26 June 2024, 3:28 am
  • 1 hour 1 minute

    Patients with acute intracerebral hemorrhage who are receiving factor Xa inhibitors have a risk of hematoma expansion. The effect of andexanet alfa, an agent that reverses the effects of factor Xa inhibitors, on hematoma volume expansion had not been well studied, until the ANNEXA-I Trial. To discuss this week's Hot Topic, Nicholas Morris, MD is joined by one of the trial's collaborators, Ashkan Shoamanesh, MD as well as clincial pharmacist Andrew Webb, PharmD, BCCCP. 

    Listeners can also join the NCS Journal Club which will be discussing the ANNEXA-I Trial on "X" / Twitter on Tuesday, July 16th starting at 9am CT.

    19 June 2024, 3:38 am
  • 55 minutes 34 seconds
    PERSPECTIVES: Dr Monisha Kumar, FNCS

    In this week's episode of Perspectives, Dr Nicholas Morris is joined by Dr Monisha Kumar, FNCS, Professor of Neurology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to discuss the threats to diversity, equity, and inclusion in neurocritical care.

    12 June 2024, 3:12 am
  • 33 minutes 31 seconds
    CURRENTS: Innovation for Health Disparities Research in Hemorrhagic Stroke

    As clinicians working with patients who have sustained an acute brain injury, we are naturally focused on caring for the injury itself. Until recent years, the clinical severity of brain injury was regarded as the main driver of prognosis and outcomes. However, we are beginning to understand how non-clinical factors, including the social determinants of health (SDOH), contribute to differential risk for all brain injuries including hemorrhagic stroke, and continue to impact our patients’ recovery even after injury. In this week's episode Dr Lauren Koffman is joined by Dr Nirupama Yechoor and Dr Rachel Forman to discuss how understanding the complex interplay between clinical and social determinants of health is crucial for clinicians caring for hemorrhagic stroke survivors, not only for recovery and secondary prevention, but also to effectively counsel families on primary prevention. Lauren is also joined by Mike Foster, a member of Yale's Stroke Patient Advisory Board who talks about his experience as a stroke survivor.

    You can read the Currents article at

    Stroke survivors or those who care for loved ones who have had a stroke can sign-up for Dr Yechoor's study at

    5 June 2024, 3:00 am
  • 37 minutes 29 seconds
    HOT TOPICS: NCS Guidelines for Seizure Prophylaxis in Adults Hospitalized With Moderate–Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

    For the latest episode in our Hot Topics series, Dr Nicholas Morris, FCNS is joined by Dr Jennifer Frontera, FNCS to discuss the NCS Guidelines for Seizure Prophylaxis in Adults Hospitalized with Moderate-Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. 

    Download the guidelines at

    29 May 2024, 3:12 am
  • 41 minutes 51 seconds
    PERSPECTIVES: Dr Daryl Gress

    In this week's PERSPECTIVES episode, Dr Nicholas Morris is joined by Dr Daryl Gress, Professor of Neurological Sciences at the University of Nebraska to discuss Dr Gress' lessons learned while building a new neurocritical care unit and training program at UCSF.

    22 May 2024, 2:33 am
  • 31 minutes 51 seconds
    CURRENTS: Understanding the Landscape of Post-NeuroICU Clinics

    Post-intensive care clinics following admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) have gained significant traction in recent years across the United States and internationally. This movement has been driven by increasing recognition of the long-term sequela related to the experience of an ICU admission. This week, Dr Lauren Koffman is joined by Dr Matthew Jaffa and Dr Julia Carlson to discuss the landscape of post-neuroICU clinics and the impetus for their development and continuation.

    15 May 2024, 3:00 am
  • 26 minutes 22 seconds
    CURRENTS: Elisabeth's Story of Hope

    In May 2014 Elisabeth Beraquit fell through the faulty doors of an elevator into an empty shaft, landing 30 feet below on top of the elevator car. She suffered multiple traumatic brain injuries, including subarachnoid hemorrhage, intraventricular hemorrhage, and a diffuse axonal injury. 10 years on and Elisabeth is thriving, running her own business in Philadelphia and living her best life. In this week’s episode she and her sister, Sarah, join Dr Lauren Koffman to discuss Elisabeth's Story of Hope.

    You can read Elisabeth’s story in Currents at

    8 May 2024, 3:22 am
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