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Expert consensus on prevention and control of COVID-19 in the neurological intensive care unit (first edition)
  1. Furong Wang1,
  2. Jingyi Liu2,3,
  3. Ping Zhang1,
  4. Wen Jiang4,
  5. Le Zhang5,
  6. Meng Zhang6,
  7. Junfang Teng7,
  8. Jinquan Wang8,
  9. Xiaoqi Xie9,
  10. Jie Cao10,
  11. Wei Li6,
  12. Yongming Wu11,
  13. Hao Zhou12,
  14. Yingying Su13,
  15. Suyue Pan11,
  16. Liping Liu2,3
  1. 1 Department of Neurology, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China
  2. 2 Department of Neurology, Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China
  3. 3 China National Clinical Research Center for Neurological Diseases, Ministry of Science and Technology, Beijing, China
  4. 4 Department of Neurology, Xijing Hospital, Air Force Medical University, Xi'an, China
  5. 5 Department of Neurology, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, China
  6. 6 Department of Neurology, Third Military Medical University Daping Hospital and Research Institute of Surgery, Chongqing, China
  7. 7 Department of Neurology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, China
  8. 8 Department of Intensive Care Unit, The First Affiliated Hospital of University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China
  9. 9 Department of Critical Care Medicine, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
  10. 10 Department of Neurology, The First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, China
  11. 11 Department of Neurology, Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China
  12. 12 Department of Infectious Management, Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China
  13. 13 Department of Neurology, Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China
  1. Correspondence to Professor Liping Liu; lipingsister{at}; Professor Suyue Pan; pansuyue{at}; Professor Yingying Su; tangsuyingying{at}


During the COVID-19 epidemic, the treatment of critically ill patients has been increasingly difficult and challenging. During the epidemic, some patients with neurological diseases also have COVID-19, which could be misdiagnosed and cause silent transmission and nosocomial infection. Such risk is high in a neurological intensive care unit (NCU). Therefore, prevention and control of epidemic in critically ill patients is of utmost importance. The principle of NCU care should include comprehensive screening and risk assessment, weighing risk against benefits and reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission while treating patients as promptly as possible.

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  • Correction notice The paper has been updated since first published to update author details and acknowledgements section.

  • Contributors LL, YS and SP designed the framework and participated in revision. PZ and MZ drafted the sections of introduction and the overview of the novel coronavirus. LZ and JW drafted the sections of clinical characteristics of COVID-19. WJ and JT drafted the sections of key points for the treatment of COVID-19. XX, JC and WL drafted the sections of neurocritical care unit management principles. YW and HZ drafted the sections of severe neurological illness diagnosis and treatment. FW, JL, SP, YS and LL revised the whole manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Author note The original Chinese edition has been published on Journal of Critical Care in Internal Medicine, 2020. 26(3): 177-183.

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