Emergency Neurological Life Support: What to Do in the First Hour of a Neurological Emergency

The Medical City (TMC), in cooperation with Brain R.E.S.C.U.E. Philippines, a global partner of the Neurocritical Care Society of the United States, hosted the Emergency Neurologic Life Support (ENLS) Certification Course at the Augusto Barcelon Auditorium in Ortigas, Pasig City on December 7 and 8, 2017.
ENLS is an educational program designed to help healthcare professionals improve patient care and outcomes during the critical first few hours of a neurological emergency.
“Quoting TMC’s Senior Vice President, Dr. Eugenio F. Ramos, ‘The course…is part of TMC’s contribution and commitment to advance neurocritical care in the country. What a grand way to end 2017 and prepare our Neuroscience and Acute and Critical Care services for 2018.’ This is just the beginning of TMC’s progress towards ensuring quality emergency care for the brain injured patients,” said Dr. Marian Vita Nova C. Sodusta, TMC intensivist, Acute Stroke Unit/Neurology Intensive care Unit, and member of the TMC-ENLS team.
A total of 322 doctors, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals attended the two-day symposium. The doctors came from various specialties − Neurology, Neuro Surgery, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Nephrology, Pulmonology, Radiology, Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. About 30 percent of the attendees were from TMC network sites namely TMC Main, TMC Iloilo, TMC Pangasinan, TMC South Luzon, TMC Clark and TMC Clinics, while the rest came from other hospitals in Metro Manila and in the provinces. One attendee came from as far as Cambodia.
The ENLS has 14 modules — Acute Ischemic Stroke, Acute Non-traumatic Weakness, Airway, Ventilation, and Sedation, Approach to the Patient with Coma, Intracerebral Hemorrhage, Intracranial Hypertension and Herniation, Meningitis and Encephalitis, Pharmacotherapy, Resuscitation Following Cardiac Arrest, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, Spinal Cord Compression, Status Epilepticus, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Traumatic Spine Injury, capped by two special lectures on Targeted Temperature Management (TTM) in neurocritical care and Neuro ICU establishment.
Two international speakers, Dr. Romergryko Geocadin and Dr. Jose I. Suarez., were part of the faculty.
For more information about ENLS, you may call the Department of Neurology at 9881000 ext. 6270.
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