Kelly Dehne, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist, Neurocritical Care/Neurosurgery
Residency Associated Title and Involvement
Undergraduate: University of Connecticut
School of Pharmacy: University of Connecticut
PGY1: University of North Carolina Hospitals
PGY2: University of North Carolina Hospitals - Critical Care
The NSICU at UNC Medical Center is a 16-bed unit at a tertiary academic medical center (Level 1 Trauma) serving critically ill neurosurgery and neurology patients. The patient population includes, but is not limited to the following clinical conditions: central nervous system tumors, spinal cord injury, various spinal procedures, traumatic brain injury, subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), acute ischemic stroke, myasthenia gravis crisis, and seizure disorders (acute and chronic). Students will gain competency in the perioperative management of surgical patients, basic neurophysiology and anatomy, critical care pharmacotherapeutic principles, advanced ICU physiologic monitoring, overall ICU patient management, and multidisciplinary communication skills.
The NSICU rotation provides the opportunity for learners to have a “hands on” experience in the clinical management of the neurosurgical and critically ill neurology patients. Students will be directly involved in the drug selection, drug management and monitoring of critically ill, pre-operative, and post-operative neurosurgical patients. The NSICU team consistent of the attending physician, neurocritical care fellow, nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists and various resident physicians including those from the emergency department, neurology and neurosurgery. Learners will interact with all members of the interdisciplinary team throughout their rotation, as well as consult teams specializing in care of targeted conditions (ex: infectious diseases, cardiology, heart failure, etc).