A much-needed expansion of the neuroscience critical care unit ushers in the latest technology and a new spirit of collaboration.
Among John Griffin's sharpest memories of his rookie year
in neurology are four patients on Brady 2, one with porphyria,
the others paralyzed from Guillain-Barré syndrome.
All were on respirators and needed round-the-clock attention.
But in 1970, Hopkins' Department of Neurology was just four
years old, and dedicated intensive care units were in their
infancy. "We took care of these patients," says
Griffin, now director of neurology, "by having house
staff sleep in a chair in the rooms."
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"It's an acute neuroscience world
NCCU Director Marek Mirski and clinical nurse mentor Filissa Caserta view the changes on their unit as far more than cosmetic. "We're all working more as a unified team," says Caserta, "where everyone is a valued member."