Title Fast Facts About Neurocritical Care
Subtitle A Quick Reference for the Advanced Practice Provider
Author Diane McLaughlin
ISBN 9780826188199
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 226
Book size 127 x 203 mm
Publishing year 2019
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“This practical and common-sense approach is an excellent companion to the care you provide to your patient.”
—Grace H. Bryan

President, Association of Neurosurgical Physician Assistants
[From the Foreword]

This pocket-sized guide distills complicated neurological conditions to deliver the essentials of best care for the neurocritical patient. Often missing from acute care courses, neurocritical care is a growing field, with more patients than ever admitted to the ICU for neurocritical conditions. This specialty requires specificity and precision, but as this practical resource demonstrates, the intricacies of neurocritical care should not be an insurmountable obstacle for any APP.

Written in an easy-access style, Fast Facts About Neurocritical Care covers the defining characteristics, clinical presentation, diagnostics, treatment, and nursing considerations of common neurological disorders seen in acute care settings. Chapters review the assessment and diagnosis of common and not-so-common neurological conditions that can often be difficult to recognize and manage. With learning objectives, illustrations, and Fast Facts boxes highlighting critical content, this reference is an invaluable resource for orientation into this often challenging specialty.


Key Features:

  • Useful pocket resource for difficult-to-master neurological conditions presenting in ICU
  • Addresses a growing area of healthcare—a rapidly expanding specialty requiring well-versed nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants
  • Reviews the basic neurological exam, as well as exam of the comatose patient
  • Explains pertinent diagnostics including CSF interpretation and different imaging modalities
  • Discusses commonly used treatments and medications
  • Presents an orientation resource to this challenging specialty


Foreword Grace H. Bryan, PA-C


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Part I: The Neuro Exam

Chapter 1. The Neurological Examination

Chapter 2. Neurological Examination of a Patient With Stroke

Chapter 3. Neurological Examination of the Comatose Patient

Chapter 4. Intracranial Hypertension


Part II: Stroke

Chapter 5. Ischemic Stroke

Chapter 6. Hemorrhagic Stroke

Chapter 7. Subarachnoid Hemorrhage


Part III: Trauma

Chapter 8. Traumatic Brain Injury

Chapter 9. Spinal Cord Injury


Part IV: Neuromuscular Disorders

Chapter 10. Guillain–Barré Syndrome

Chapter 11. Myasthenia Gravis


Part V: Seizures

Chapter 12. Isolated Seizures

Chapter 13. Status Epilepticus


Part VI: Neuroinfectious Disorders

Chapter 14. Meningitis

Chapter 15. Encephalitis


Part VII: Brain Death

Chapter 16. Determination of Brain Death

Chapter 17. Organ Donation



A. NIH Stroke Scale

B. ISNCSCI Worksheet



About the Author:

Diane McLaughlin, DNP, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, is a critical care nurse practitioner who works in the departments of neurosurgery and neurocritical care at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and in critical care at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. McLaughlin has worked in critical care for 15 years, first as a nurse and then as a nurse practitioner. She received her master of science in nursing from the University of Florida in 2013 and her doctorate of nursing practice from the University of Florida in 2017. Her research interests include neurosurveillance, sleep in critical care, and advanced practice provider training and education. 

Dr. McLaughlin is active within the Society of Critical Care Medicine, serving 3-year appointments to both the Adult Ultrasound Committee and the Advanced Practice Provider Resource Committee. She has also served as faculty for the SCCM Ultrasound Fundamentals Course. Dr. McLaughlin is also active within the Neurocritical Care Society, having served as a reviewer and currently serving on a guideline writing committee. Dr. McLaughlin is also a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She has spoken at multiple local, national, and international conferences on topics in neurocritical care and has published regarding topics in critical care, neurocritical care, and advanced practice provider use in critical care.

Target Audience:

Nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants involved in neurocritical care.

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