Communicating Prognosis

ISBN : 9780199928781

Eelco F. M. Wijdicks
144 Pages
157 x 234 mm
Pub date
May 2014
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Prognostication of acute neurologic disease is a major task for neurohospitalists and neurointensivists. The family conference raises the delicate matter of how to decide that outcome is indefinitely poor and how to define disability. This monograph is the first book on how to communicate prognosis in acute neurologic conditions. Communicating Prognosis includes useful data on prognosis in all major neurologic conditions and provides practical advice on how to effectively lead such a conference and how to resolve potential conflicts. This book provides straightforward common sense on-the-spot advice and touches on all aspects of support of devastated families.


Chapter 1: Prognostication after Traumatic Brain injury
Chapter 2: Prognostication after Ischemic or Hemorrhagic Stroke
Chapter 3: Prognostication of Coma after Cardiac Arrest
Chapter 4: Prognostication after Brain Injury-Associated Seizure and Status Epilepticus
Chapter 5: Prognostication after Infections of the Central Nervous System
Chapter 6: Prognostication Following Acute Neuromuscular Disorders
Chapter 7: Principles of Neuropalliation
Chapter 8: The Conversation and Words We Use
Chapter 9: Withdrawal of Support and Palliation
Chapter 10: Troubleshooting: Families Who Won't Let Go

About the author: 

Eelco F. M. Wijdicks, MD, PhD, FNCS, FANA, Professor of Neurology. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Chair, Division of Critical Care Neurology, Consultant, Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit, Saint Marys Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

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