The Neurocritical Care Society of India (NCSI) is a sister association of the Indian Society of Neuro-Anesthesiology and Critical Care (ISNACC)and was formed two years ago. The advancement in the management of neurologically ill patients, both medical and surgical, including multimodal brain monitoring, interventional therapies, and rehabilitation, made the ISNACC think of starting a new society of its own to develop the sub-specialty of neurocritical care. This specialty is multidisciplinary, involving neuro-intensivists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuroradiologists, physiotherapists, and nursing staff.
The National Institute of Mental Health and NeuroSciences (NIMHANS), an Institute of National Importance, is a premier institute dedicated to treating patients with mental health and neurological disorders. The department of Neuroanaesthesia and Neurocritical Care at NIMHANS currently manages 50 bedded ICU devoted to patients with neurological illnesses. This department hosts the second NCSI annual conference on 14 -15 August 2021 on the virtual platform.
The theme for this conference is “Guidelines and Bedside Practices – Bridging the Gap.” With abundant literature available, various societies worldwide publish guidelines on managing different aspects of neurological illnesses such as stroke, epilepsy, and TBI. These guidelines, which guide clinical decisions, are updated at regular intervals. However, sometimes for the same disease, guidelines may differ from each other, hindering the correct selection of guidelines for implementation. At the other end of the spectrum, clinical decisions may not always be based on guidelines either due to non-availability of recommendations for a particular care element, non-applicability for a local population, or long-held successful clinical practices, which are difficult to replace.
To address this issue, we chose this theme for the conference. We plan to involve expert clinicians involved in critical care of neurologically ill patients worldwide to understand and learn from their experience of implementation of clinical practice guidelines and local practices that are different from the guidelines. Common neurological disorders encountered in day-to-day practice will be discussed in this 2-day conference.
The organizing team hopes that at the end of the conference, there would be more clarity on the approach to clinical decision-making at the bedside regarding the implementation of available guidelines and practical guidance when specific recommendations are absent or not applicable to a given population.
We look forward to a fruitful virtual interaction with you all.
Dr. V. Bhadrinarayan
Dr. M. Radhakrishnan
Dr. K. Sriganesh
Scientific Committee Chairman
Dr. K. N. Gopalakrishna