Neuroemergencies in South America: How to Fill in the Gaps?

The Galapagos Neurocritical Care Summit Investigators

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Abstract

South America is a subcontinent with 393 million inhabitants with widely distinct countries and diverse ethnicities, cultures, political and societal organizations. The epidemiological transition that accompanied the technological and demographic evolution is happening in South America and leading to a rise in the incidence of neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases that now coexist with the still high burden of infectious diseases. South America is also quite heterogeneous regarding the existence of systems of care for the various neurological emergencies, with some countries having well-organized systems for some diseases, while others have no plan of action for the care of patients with acute neurological symptoms. In this article, we discuss the existing systems of care in different countries of South America for the treatment of neurological emergencies, mainly stroke, status epilepticus, and traumatic brain injury. We also will address existing gaps between the current systems and recommendations from the literature to improve the management of such emergencies, as well as strategies on how to solve these disparities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)573-582
Number of pages10
JournalNeurocritical care
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

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Emergencies
Emergency Treatment
Status Epilepticus
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Communicable Diseases
Patient Care
Cardiovascular Diseases
Stroke
Demography
Organizations
Incidence

Keywords

  • Critical care
  • Health policy
  • Neurocritical care
  • Neurological emergency
  • Outcome
  • South America

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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The Galapagos Neurocritical Care Summit Investigators (2019). Neuroemergencies in South America: How to Fill in the Gaps? Neurocritical care, 31(3), 573-582. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12028-019-00775-8

Neuroemergencies in South America : How to Fill in the Gaps? / The Galapagos Neurocritical Care Summit Investigators.

In: Neurocritical care, Vol. 31, No. 3, 01.12.2019, p. 573-582.

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The Galapagos Neurocritical Care Summit Investigators 2019, 'Neuroemergencies in South America: How to Fill in the Gaps?', Neurocritical care, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 573-582. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12028-019-00775-8
The Galapagos Neurocritical Care Summit Investigators. Neuroemergencies in South America: How to Fill in the Gaps? Neurocritical care. 2019 Dec 1;31(3):573-582. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12028-019-00775-8
The Galapagos Neurocritical Care Summit Investigators. / Neuroemergencies in South America : How to Fill in the Gaps?. In: Neurocritical care. 2019 ; Vol. 31, No. 3. pp. 573-582.
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