Multimodal Monitoring in the Neuro ICU: Essentials for Clinicians (Podcast)

A neurocritical care specialist shares what’s spurring growth of this new evaluation approach

Multimodal monitoring in the neurointensive care unit involves the continuous, simultaneous evaluation of a patient’s cerebral and systemic function using a diversity of modalities. Like other leading centers, Cleveland Clinic is increasingly using multimodal monitoring for patients in its neurological ICUs with devastating neurologic injuries.

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Because this monitoring approach is novel to many, it was an ideal focus for the newest episode of Cleveland Clinic’s Neuro Pathways podcast. In this 16-minute podcast, Christopher Newey, DO, Medical Director of Multimodal Monitoring at Cleveland Clinic, addresses topics including the following:

  • The rationale for multimodal monitoring in the neurological ICU
  • How this approach helps overcome information overload and avoid missed opportunities for intervention
  • How artificial intelligence and machine learning can help make the most of multimodal monitoring

Neuro Pathways podcast host Glen Stevens, DO, PhD, also asks Dr. Newey, a neurocritical care specialist, about how neuro ICU  patients and care processes have changed since the advent of COVID-19.

Click the player below to listen to the podcast now, or read on for a short edited excerpt. Check out more Neuro Pathways episodes at or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Excerpt from the podcast

Dr. Newey: We’ve been talking about [multimodal monitoring] for years and now it’s reached the point of becoming more feasible. The technology is catching up to the ideas. We’ve got better software and hardware. And a lot of people are becoming very interested in this field, to the point where I’m now part of a national group that’s looking at creating standards and guidelines for what exactly constitutes multimodal monitoring. We’re exploring issues like: What do you have to monitor? How much do you have to monitor? Ultimately, the goal will be to see if we can create or lobby for some CPT codes so that clinicians who do this can get reimbursed for the work they’re doing and the care they’re providing.

So it’s an exciting time. This field is still in its infancy, and it’s been fun watching it grow over the past few years.