13. Infections in the Neurocritical Care Unit

  1. Edward M. Manno MD, FCCM, FAAN, FAHA
  1. Denise H. Rhoney Pharm.D, FCCP, FCCM1,2,
  2. Karen J. McAllen Pharm.D3 and
  3. Dennis Parker Jr Pharm.D1

Published Online: 11 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118297162.ch13

Emergency Management in Neurocritical Care

Emergency Management in Neurocritical Care

How to Cite

Rhoney, D. H., McAllen, K. J. and Parker, D. (2012) Infections in the Neurocritical Care Unit, in Emergency Management in Neurocritical Care (ed E. M. Manno), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118297162.ch13

Editor Information

  1. Neurological Intensive Care Unit Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA

  2. 2

    UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

  3. 3

    Department of Pharmacy Services, Spectrum Health Hospitals, Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 11 MAY 2012

Book Series:

  1. Neurology in Practice

Book Series Editors:

  1. Robert A. Gross and
  2. Jonathan W. Mink

Series Editor Information

  1. Department of Neurology, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470654736

Online ISBN: 9781118297162



  • Infection;
  • pneumonia;
  • urinary tract infections;
  • catheter-related bloodstream infections;
  • antimicrobial;
  • fever;
  • gastrointestinal infections;
  • ventriculitis;
  • neurologic injury


Infections are commonly encountered with medical complications in the neurocritical care unit (NCCU). The prevention and treatment of infections in the NCCU presents many challenges to clinicians. Outside of making the accurate diagnosis, clinicians must also consider many other important factors in antimicrobial selection. Individualization of treatment is essential for safe and effective treatment of infections. This chapter will focus on commonly encountered infections in the NCCU along with special considerations related to antimicrobial selection.