Brain Care After the ICU

A little girl smiling at Doernbecher Children's Hospital, where she is a patient.

OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital offers your child advanced neurocritical care to recover from a serious brain or spinal cord condition. The Pediatric Neurocritical Care Clinic is the only one of its kind on the West Coast. You'll find:

  • A team of specialists devoted to your child's recovery.
  • Close cooperation with your family and your child's school, therapists and primary care doctor.
  • Expertise in all aspects of brain and spinal cord care, including headaches, memory and emotional health.
  • Treatment tailored to your child's needs.

What is neurocritical care?

Children who receive treatment in our intensive care unit for a brain or spinal cord illness or injury may not be done healing when they leave Doernbecher. We provide ongoing care for children with issues such as:

  • Seizures
  • Headaches
  • Sleep problems
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Memory and attention problems
  • Developmental delays
  • Problems learning or behaving at school

Evaluation: Our team will evaluate your child before he or she leaves the hospital. If our clinic can help your child, we'll set an appointment for a month later. Follow-up appointments are set as needed.

Conditions we treat

  • Traumatic brain injury (often related to a car or bike accident)
  • Brain infection, such as meningitis
  • Inflammation of the brain or spinal cord
  • Stroke
  • Seizure disorders
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Cardiac arrest that injures the brain
  • Severe concussion
  • Brain injury that results from critical care involving:
    • Conditions such as sepsis (a bacterial infection)
    • Treatment such as ECMO, a life-support system for the heart and lungs

Our team

Our children's specialists offer expertise in:

  • Neurocritical care (intensive care for patients with serious brain, spine or nerve conditions)
  • Neurology (care for conditions of the brain, spinal cord and the rest of the nervous system)
  • Neurophysiology (the use of specialized tests to map and diagnose brain, spinal cord and nervous system conditions)
  • Neuropsychology (how brain conditions affect behavior, emotion and thinking)

Team members

Learn more

  • PICU Family Night: Patients with brain injury or illness and their families gather for dinner, children's activities and support.
    • When: 6 to 8 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month
    • Where: Collins/Goudy room, 11th floor, Doernbecher Children's Hospital
  • Oregon Brain Injury Alliance: The local chapter of the national Brain Injury Alliance provides information, advocacy and support to survivors and families.
  • Oregon Family to Family Health Information Center: Parents of children with special needs help families connect and navigate the health care system.
  • The Center on Brain Injury Research and Training: This University of Oregon center does research and training to improve the lives of traumatic brain injury survivors.
  • After PICU: Resources for patients and families after a child's critical illness.
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine: Information and links for patients and families.

For families

Call 503-346-0640 to:

  • Request an appointment.
  • Seek a second opinion.
  • Ask questions.

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