Neurological emergencies during COVID 19 pandemic
July 18, 2020
The following clinical situations have been defined as Neurological emergencies:
- Acute Stroke
- Status Epilepticus
- CNS infections
- Guillian Barre Syndrome
Acute ischemic stroke (blood clot in the vessels supplying the brain) is a neuro emergency where TIME IS BRAIN. Treatment involves lysing the clot called thrombolysis to be done within 4.5 hours of stroke onset and clot retrieval by a procedure called Mechanical thrombectomy to be done within 24 hours of onset of stroke. Undergoing these treatments within the stipulated time leads to better clinical outcomes for the patients.
Similarly in guillian barre syndrome (sudden weakness of all 4 limbs) immediate nerve conduction study followed by treatment is necessary to avoid complications and for better recovery of weakness.
In case of status epilepticus (continuous fits), controlling the fits as fast as possible is absolutely mandatory.
Prompt diagnosis and treatment of brain infections results in better recovery and avoids neurological deficits in the long run.
At Rela Institute inspite of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, our neurological services are available 24X7 and neuro emergencies are dealt with quickly and safely. Safety precautions according to International guidelines and protocols are being followed at every step ensuring prompt intervention. We make sure there is no undue delay because of the current pandemic and patients can feel secured about getting treated for neuro emergencies.