Acute neurology: a suggested approach

Clin Med (Lond). 2018 Oct;18(5):418-421. doi: 10.7861/clinmedicine.18-5-418.


Acute neurological problems are common, accounting for 10-20% of medical admissions. In the coming years, there will be increased neurology involvement in the acute care of these patients complementing traditional outpatient-based services. Models of acute neurology are reliant on close collaboration between the emergency department, acute medicine and neurology and should integrate with existing hyperacute stroke pathways. In this article the authors briefly describe the two models of acute neurology set up recently in our neuroscience group and suggest a clinical approach that may help non-neurologists involved in acute care settings. The authors emphasise some of the lessons learnt in delivering the service, particularly the importance of focusing on the acute problem and tailoring the examination and investigations to tackling it in the context of the patient's functional level and personal circumstances. Early neurology intervention can reduce admission and hospital length of stay.

Keywords: hot clinics; hyperacute; localisation; neurology.

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Hospitalization / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Nervous System Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Nervous System Diseases / physiopathology
  • Nervous System Diseases / therapy*
  • Neurology
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Time-to-Treatment