Neuroprognostication in ICU

Predicting neurological outcomes after brain injury has always been a significant challenge for intensive care professionals.  Frequently, we must make judgements with incomplete information; the resulting uncertainty can be distressing to patients and their families as well as healthcare professionals. This study day will help you to better understand the prognostication process and will also enable you to better support patients and families during this period.

During the study day, you can expect to: 

  • Hear an update on evidence-based approaches to assess neurological outcome
  • Hear from experts in prognostication from across the multi-professional ICU team
  • Learn how other specialties can support our decision making
  • Gain an understanding from rehabilitation teams of the challenges our patients face after ICU discharge
  • Hear from patients and their families about their individual experiences

Preliminary programme


Welcome, introduction, faculty introductions


Goals of neuroprognostication: Who, when, why? Making decisions in the face of uncertainty


Who can assist the neuroprognostication process?

  • Intensivist – clinical assessment
  • Radiologist – imaging
  • Electrophysiologist – tests of brain activity
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Neurologist




Helping the family to understand the neuroprognostication and decision-making processes


Understanding what lies ahead: The view from a rehab team (OT, PT, rehab physician)

  • Rehabilitation from hypoxic brain injury
  • Rehabilitation from traumatic brain injury


The patient perspective/the family perspective


Closing remarks


Jerry Nolan

Jerry Nolan

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