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NCS Currents Sept 2016

INTERNATIONAL NEUROCRITICAL CARE The NCS Interdisciplinary Foundation and Global Outreach By Sarah Livesay, DNP, Gretchen Brophy, PharmD, and Romer Geocadin, MD As NCS leaders travel to many countries and participate in international conferences, we notice that the interdisciplinary model of the NCS is not typical. In many countries, organizations that support the practice of neurocritical care are made up predominantly of one kind of professional, such as a physician organization or a nursing organization. As such, the meetings typically cater to the dominant professional type. Pharmacists as active participants in these meeting are rare. Now that the NCS is building its global outreach platform, we are also working hard to continue the interdisciplinary nature of the society that will serve as the foundation for modeling our international outreach. This dedication to providing education and resources for countries growing neurocritical care initiatives across the globe is unique to our society and critical for improving patient outcomes. As the NCS has grown over the past decade, we grew as an interdisciplinary society, valuing physicians of all backgrounds, nurses at all levels of education, pharmacists, and allied health providers. The society recognized that an interdisciplinary approach to healthcare improves patient outcomes. Therefore, it made perfect sense to grow a society that reflected and valued all members of the healthcare team. This interdisciplinary approach is evident in many facets of the NCS, including Sarah Livesay, DNP interdisciplinary committees, educational products, and an Annual Meeting built by and for an interdisciplinary audience. And while we still have work to do to continue to build the NCS to meet its varied membership, leadership is firmly committed to this interdisciplinary approach in the years to come. As the NCS continues to develop and invest in global initiatives, providing education and resources to improve patient outcomes through an interdisciplinary approach is central to our initiatives. We believe that as the NCS reaches out to countries to support the growth of the neurocritical care subspecialty, we must support all members of the interdisciplinary team. The NCS has organized the Global Partners Taskforce which is made up of NCS members from around the world, which has defined the NCS priorities for the next five years. NCS nursing leaders are spearheading several initiatives to bring ENLS training to nursing staff in countries across the world. Additionally, NCS member Susan Yeager served as the NCS liaison to the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses for the last several years. Through her leadership, the NCS was involved in the development of a multinational, interdisciplinary end-of-life document. Additionally, Susan served on an international taskforce to make recommendations for ICU triage. Through the NCS alliance with WFCCN, we advocate for neurocritical care nursing across the globe. Sarah Livesay will be the NCS liaison to WFCCN beginning in 2017. NCS pharmacist leaders are also striving for global pharmacist involvement. The NCS offers the only worldwide neurocritical care pharmacist network, allowing communication among NCS pharmacy members on clinically challenging cases and promotion of collaborations on educational product development and research. The pharmacy section has recently developed the Pharmacotherapy of Neurocritical Care Series (PONS) which provides treatmentcentered educational CME-approved webinars for all healthcare disciplines and training programs. Pharmacists in the NCS are also participating in global ENLS training courses and encouraging further development of clinical pharmacy services internationally. The NCS’s multidisciplinary membership is very supportive of pharmacists and will have its first pharmacist president in 2017. We look forward to our continuing partnership with our NCS global members, building bridges, advancing neurocritical care knowledge and practice, and improving patient outcomes worldwide. Together we can achieve our mission! Gretchen Brophy, PharmD Romer Geocadin, MD 8


NCS Currents Sept 2016
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