Neuro-Intensive Care Unit
Patients with ruptured aneurysms and patients treated with open surgery require admission to our neuro-intensive care unit. This specialized, 20-bed unit provides superior advanced life support for stroke patients. Intensive care doctors coordinate patient care with a team of specialists. They include:
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Critical Care Area
If your aneurysm has not ruptured and you are having endovascular (inside the blood vessel) treatment for your aneurysm, you may be admitted for overnight observation in the Critical Care Area. This a 24/7 post-anesthesia recovery area that is specially designated for patients undergoing neurological procedures.
Neuro-Step-Down Unit and Floor
Following your treatment and stay in the neuro-intensive care unit, you may be moved to the neurological step-down unit and floor. Here, specially trained nurses, therapists, dieticians and social workers will help you better recover so you can return home.
The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis
You may need rehabilitation before you return home. The social worker and case manager will arrange this based on your needs and those of your family. One option is the stroke and brain injury rehabilitation service offered through Washington University School of Medicine. The 40-bed inpatient unit at The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis is staffed by a team of health care providers that includes neurologists, psychiatrists, neuropsychiatrists, psychologists and physical, occupational and speech therapists who specialize in neuro-rehabilitation. There is also an outpatient center dedicated to patients with cerebrovascular disease. It includes a day program, neuro-psychological services and a specialty clinic for people with language or cognitive difficulties.
For Aneurysms Requiring No Immediate Treatment
Untreated aneurysms that have no symptoms often require lifelong monitoring with imaging tests. This helps detect any enlargement or disease progression. Significant growth may be a sign of an unstable aneurysm that needs treatment.
The Washington University Neurosurgeons treat Barnes-Jewish Hospital patients