AANS/CNS Joint Section on Neurotrauma & Critical Care Position Statement on Team-Based Care

  • The practice of neurological surgery involves the need to respond emergently to a variety of critical and life-threatening neurological diseases. Early intervention and treatment of neurosurgical emergencies affects outcome. The coverage of hospital emergency departments and inpatient units, in addition to the provision of non-emergent neurosurgical needs of the population, requires a well-trained and responsive neurosurgical work force. 
  • Optimal patient care and safety are best achieved when surgical disease affecting the nervous system is managed by neurological surgeons. Neurosurgeon-led, team-based neurosurgical care is a safe and viable method of care delivery and is a high-quality response to neurosurgical workforce needs.  

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    Position Statement

Policy 

  • The CSNS Neurotrauma and Emergency Neurosurgery Committee researches and presents reports, surveys and white papers as assigned by the CSNS Executive Committee, including issues related to regional trauma care coverage, reimbursement issues, trauma workforce issues, dissemination and utilization of advances in treatment, and training program competencies in emergency neurosurgery.

    This committee works closely with the Joint Section of Neurotrauma and Critical Care (JSNTCC) to effectively identify and address socioeconomic and health policy issues related to neurotrauma, emergency neurosurgery, and critical care. A liaison from the CSNS Neurotrauma and Emergency Neurosurgery Committee reports to the CSNS Executive Committee and JSNTCC Executive Committee. The CSNS Neurotrauma and Emergency Neurosurgery Committee assists with, and provides input and expertise for socioeconomic issues that may arise at the semi-annual meetings of the JSNTCC, including investigation and reporting of socioeconomic and health policy issues of potential interest to the JSNTCC.

    At each CSNS meeting, the Neurotrauma and Emergency Neurosurgery Committee meets in advance of the general sessions to discuss new issues that have arisen in the areas from whence the committee members hail, as well as issues that are being debated at the national level. The committee may author resolutions on topics of interest, or discussion may support creation of a resolution from any of the participating members. The committee also reviews resolutions that involve the delivery of neurotrauma and emergency neurosurgical care to prepare commentary from the committee for the general session. Representation within the committee from both academic and private practice viewpoints is solid; several residents also participate in committee activities. Any questions or concerns about neurotrauma or emergency neurosurgical care delivery may be directed through state CSNS delegates to the committee for consideration or may be directed to the chairperson or vice-chairperson.
  • AANS/CNS Washington Committee
    • The Washington Committee represents neurosurgical interests in Washington, DC on topics such as coding and reimbursement, medical liability reform, resident work hours, emergency medical services, quality improvement and more.
    • The Washington Committee on Neurosurgery is jointly sponsored and supported by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). The Washington Committee is composed of an even number of members, half appointed by the President of the AANS and half appointed by the President of the CNS. Both organizations provide equal financial support for the Washington Committee.
    • The Washington Committee interacts daily with Congress; the White House; federal agencies, healthcare organizations, other medical associations, and key committees and groups within organized Neurosurgery.
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