Brain and Spine Services
The Neuro-Trauma Intensive Care Unit (NTICU) has over 10 years experience in the care of brain-injured patients. We are certified in Neuroscience and Stroke Assessment, involved in Stroke Team and Trauma Team with a dedicated team of Neurosurgeons, Neurologists, and Trauma Surgeons.
We have an 11 bed unit and treat patients with the following conditions:
In order to provide the specialized care that our patients’ conditions demand, we have established visiting hours. You can spend time with your loved ones, and at the same time, our staff can give patients the care they need. Visiting hours may be adjusted according to the unit's activity and patient needs. There may be times you will be asked to leave so our staff is able to attend to your loved one.
Immediate family members are expected to make and enforce decisions regarding visitors. This includes who can visit, when to visit and how long they can stay.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death, killing 144,000 people each year, and a leading cause of serious long term adult disability. Approximately 795,000 strokes will occur this year. It is Parkview Medical Center’s goal to treat all strokes according to the Joint Commissions guidelines to continually improve patient outcomes. It is also very important that we continue to educate the community about stroke risk factors and signs and symptoms of a stroke.
What is a stroke?
Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke
Parkview is only the third medical center in Colorado to achieve Primary Stroke Center Certification. We are nationally involved with the Colorado stroke alliance, American Stroke Association, and the National Stroke Association to better serve our patients with the most current stroke care.
We have earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ for stroke care. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has awarded Parkview Primary Stroke Center Certification. Our Stroke Center earned this distinction after the Joint Commission conducted an on-site review in December 2005.
"Parkview Medical Center demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients," says Charles A. Mowll, executive vice president, Business Development, Government, and External Relations, Joint Commission.
The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association's statements/guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program - the nation's first - in 2003. A list of Joint Commission-certified programs is available at www.jcaho.org.
Maggie Welte, Disease Specific Coordinator
What is an EEG? An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test that measures and records the electrical activity of your brain. Special sensors (electrodes) are attached to your head with an EZ-Net head piece which is connected to a computer. The computer records your brain's electrical activity on the screen as wavy lines. Certain conditions, such as seizures, can be seen by the changes in the normal pattern of the brain's electrical activity.
EEG/EMG services are provided through the Hospital to diagnose seizures and other disorders with a sudden onset of neurological change.
EEG/EMG procedures include:
- Routine EEG
- Ambulatory EEG to monitor activity over a 24-hour period and up to 72-hours of monitoring at home.
- Video EEG monitoring a patient's activity and behavior while digitally recording the EEG (in hospital procedure only)
- Portable EEG for bedside monitoring
- Neonatal EEG
- Continuous bedside EEG monitoring
- Electromyography to study electrical activity in nerve and muscle to diagnose neuromuscular disorders
- Nerve conduction studies
- Repetitive nerve stimulation to investigate neuromuscular junction disorders
These services are available by appointment Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm Qualified staff are on call to provide hospital emergency procedures during off-hours, weekends, and holidays. EEGs/EMGs can be schedule by calling 719.584.4462.