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NCS Developing Neurocritical Care Live, a New Online Resource for Continually Updated Neurocritical Care Knowledge By David Y. Hwang, MD, and Alejandro Rabinstein, MD, FNCS The Educational Products Committee is excited to announce the ongoing development of Neurocritical Care Live, a subscription-based website with the objective of being the premier source for up-to-date Neurocritical care knowledge. Approved in concept by the NCS Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Neurocritical Care Live will cover core topics in Neurocritical care in detail, with online chapters that are evidence-based and periodically edited to reflect the most current research and guidelines in our field. Wade Smith, Immediate Past Co-Chair of the Educational Products Committee, said of the project, “The vision of Neurocritical Care Live is similar to UpToDate®, except for a key difference: we are specifically gearing the content to be useful to specialists. Our hope is that this NCS website will be indispensable for practicing neurointensivists at the point-of-care.” David Y. Hwang, MD The plan for the first online version of Neurocritical Care Live will consist of 20 chapters, with the following selected topics: • Acute ischemic stroke • ICH • Subarachnoid hemorrhage • Seizures and epilepsy • Acute neuromuscular disorders • Neuroinfectious diseases • Traumatic brain injury • Traumatic spinal cord injury • Multimodality neuromonitoring • Perioperative neurosurgical critical care • Toxic-metabolic encephalopathy • Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy in adults • Prognostic assessment in neurocritical care • Clinical evaluation of coma and brain death • Sedation and analgesia in neurocritical care • Nutrition and metabolism • Respiratory support of the neurocritically ill • Cardiovascular monitoring and complications • Endocrine disorders in neurocritical care • Pediatric neurocritical care The first versions of each chapter for the website are currently being developed by multidisciplinary expert writing teams; each consisting of two to three physicians, two pharmacists, and a nurse. Dave Greer, Vice Chair of the Department of Neurology at Yale University School of Medicine, has been selected by the Educational Products Committee as the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of Neurocritical Care Live, after a call for a project leader went out to all NCS members with FNCS designation earlier this year. Dr. Greer, who will be serving an initial two-year term as Editor, will head a rotating multidisciplinary editorial board of 6-8 members who will be responsible for coordinating the website’s content and working with chapter authors to keep their chapters frequently updated. Per Dr. Greer, “We envision that each chapter on the Neurocritical Care Live website will be revised regularly—for some, perhaps as frequently as every 3 months—by chapter authors, to ensure incorporation of the most recent available data. Each chapter on the website will note the date of the last update for the convenience of our readers. Our Board will also work on defining a system to rotate new authors periodically onto the authorship team for each chapter, to ensure that the process of updating the website is sustainable.” Becca Stickney, NCS Director of Education, expressed excitement over the possibilities of utilizing the NCS website to host Neurocritical Care Live. “The sky is the limit with regard to what interactive content we will be able to embed into each chapter. Discussion forums, blogs, videos, NCS webinars, and future podcasts—all of these will be possible to link within the core text and figures on the website and will be maintained with guidance from our rotating authors.” Asma Moheet, Co-Chair of the Marketing and Outreach Subcommittee of the Educational Products Committee, and Theresa Human, Chair of the PONS Subcommittee for the Pharmacy Committee, led an effort this past summer to survey NCS membership regarding the eventual individual and institutional subscription pricing for the website, as well as the preferred format for viewing the product. Dr. Moheet reported, “We are happy to share that the NCS online platform will allow the product to be viewed conveniently on smartphones and will ensure that the resource will be easily searchable, two big items on the wish list from our focus group discussions. We are still working on the exact pricing structure, but making annual subscriptions to the website affordable will be the highest priority, with a discount for NCS members.” The Educational Products Committee is targeting a release of Neurocritical Care Live before next year’s NCS Annual Meeting in October 2017. The website, which will support NCS’s mission to develop and distribute multidisciplinary training and education to an international audience, will hopefully build on the popularity of foundational OnDemand products, such as The Practice of Neurocritical Care textbook, and become a key, “go-to” resource for critical care clinicians of all levels of training and experience. Alejandro Rabinstein, MD, FNCS 10


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