Course Faculty/Disclosures, CME information and CME Credits

CME information


This activity has been planned and implemented by Ciné-Med and the Neurocritical Care Society.  Ciné-Med is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.


Ciné-Med designates this enduring material for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This activity provides 15 contact hours for nurses.


This program has been accredited for 1.5 CEU (15 contact hours) of continuing education credit. ACPE Universal Number: 0399-9999-15-001-H01-P

Non Endorsement Statement

Cine-Med verifies that sound education principles have been demonstrated in the development of this educational offering as evidenced by the review of its objectives, teaching plan, faculty, and activity evaluation process.  Cine-Med does not endorse or support the actual opinions or material content as presented by the speaker(s) and/or sponsoring organization.


Cine-Med adheres to accreditation requirements regarding industry support of continuing medical education. Disclosure of the planning committee and faculty's commercial relationships will be made known at the activity. Speakers are required to openly disclose any limitations of data and/or any discussion of any off-label, experimental, or investigational uses of drugs or devices in their presentations.

All Cine-Med and Neurocritical Care Socieity employees in control of content have indicated that they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Release Date: October 8, 2012
Updated: June 30, 2015
Expiration Date: June 30, 2016

Estimated time to complete all modules: 15 hours

Hardware/software requirements:

Microsoft Windows 2000 SE or above.
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Sound Card & Speakers
800 x 600 Minimum Monitor Resolution (1024 x 768 Recommended)

MAC OS 10.2.8
Safari or Firefox
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Sound Card & Speakers
800 x 600 Minimum Monitor Resolution (1024 x 768 Recommended)

Supplemental Material:
Cultural and Linguistic Competency Resources

Privacy and Confidentiality Policy:

Financial Disclosure: All individuals in a position to control the content of this course are disclosed on this webpage.

Hardware/Software Requirements: Internet access and Safari, Firefox, Chrome, or IE browser. Note to mobile users: page design not optimal for small screens

Principal Faculty: Wade Smith, MD, PhD and Scott Weingart, MD

Release date: October 8, 2012

Expiration date: October 31, 2015

Estimated Time to complete all 13 modules: 15 hours

Required Exam Questions: A passing score of 70% is required in each module to claim CME credit and/or ENLS certification

For Technical Questions, contact:
Neurocritical Care Society
5841 Cedar Lake Road, Suite 204
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Tel: (952) 646-2034
Fax: (952) 545-6073

For Questions about CME credit, contact:
UCSF Office of Continuing Medical Education
3333 California Street, Room 450
San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone: 415-476-4251
Fax: 415-476-0318

About the Course:

Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) is a series of protocols, generated by experienced neurocritical care and emergency physicians that describe key steps when managing a patient within the first hours of a neurological emergency. The protocols are designed to help standardize these important early steps for several reasons: (1) patients will likely experience better outcomes, (2) they provide the essential elements to communicate to receiving physicians a patient's diagnosis and emergency treatment, (3) this approach forms the foundation for eventual consensus on neurological emergency decisions, and (4) this consensus can inform researchers about the important clinical questions that need resolution to enhance patient care.

ENLS is the product of combined efforts of many people. Wade Smith and Scott Weingart co-chair the process of ENLS topic selection, co-director selection, website creation, ENLS Protocol site design, and content editing and development. The ENLS co-chairs of the 13 ENLS topics were charged to develop the original ENLS protocols, and author manuscriipts on the topic for the Neurocritical Care journal supplement. All faculty, along with any relevant financial disclosures are listed below. Examination questions were authored by a team of physicians and nurses (see below).

About the Co-Chairs:

Wade S. Smith, MD, PhD
Neurologist, Neurointensivist
Wade is a co-founder of the Neurocritical Care Society, a member of the NCS board of Directors, and a practicing neurointensivist at the University of California, San Francisco. He is Daryl R. Gress Professor of Neurocritical Care and Stroke at the University of California, San Francisco and medical director of the NeuroICU. He is founding member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educator, teaches at all medical school and postgraduate levels, and focuses his research on acute stroke intervention.

Scott Weingart, MD, RDMS
Emergency Physician Intensivist
Scott is director of the Division of Emergency Critical Care at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Elmhurst Hospital Center. He hosts a biweekly podcast on emergency critical care with over 100,000 monthly downloads. Dr Weingart, along with Dr. Smith, was asked to direct the creation of the NCS ENLS project in January, 2010.

The following faculty speakers have disclosed a financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with a commercial company who has provided products or services relating to their presentation(s) or commercial support for this continuing medical education activity.  All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support

The following table lists all ENLS protocol co-chairs.  No person has disclosed a conflict of interest unless indicated by superscript.  All conflicts are explained at the bottom of this table.


Emergency Medicine


ENLS Co-Chairs

Scott Weingart

Mt Sinai

Wade Smith1


Acute Ischemic Stroke

Harmut Gross2


Gene Sung


Acute Weakness

Oliver Flower

Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney

Eelco Wijdicks

Mayo Clinic

Airway, Ventilation, and Sedation

Andy Jagoda

Mt Sinai, NY

David Seder

Maine Medical Center


J. Stephen Huff


Robert Stevens

Johns Hopkins

Intracranial Hypertension and Herniation

J. Stephen Huff


Robert Stevens

Johns Hopkins

Intracerebral Hemorrhage

Ed Jauch3


J. Claude Hemphill4


Meningitis and Encephalitis

David Gaieski

U Penn

Bart Nathan


Resuscitation Following Cardiac Arrest

Jon Rittenberger

U of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Kees Polderman

U of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Spinal Cord Compression

E. Bradley Bunney

U of Illinois

Kristine O’Phelan

U of Miami

Status Epilepticus

Robert Silbergleit

U of Mich

Jan Claassen


Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Jon Edlow

Harvard Medical School

Owen Samuels

Emory University

Traumatic Brain Injury

Stuart Swadron


Peter LeRoux5

U Penn

Traumatic Spine Injury

John Marx

Carolina Health

Deborah Stein

Shock Trauma Center

Disclosure of conflict of interests:

1- Jan Medical Inc, provided research support; Ornim, Inc: stock and stock options for SAB chair

2- Reach Health, Inc. Owns stock as cofounder

3- Novo Nordisk, Inc: provided drug in kind for NINDS sponsored research

4- Ornim, Inc: stock and stock options for SAB role

5- Integra, provided research support, consultant fees; Codman, owns stock and received consultant fees, product development; Neurologica, provided research support; Edge Therapeutics, consultant fees, SAB; Cerebrotech, consultant fees, SAB

Examination Questions:

The following nurses and physicians authored all of the examination questions for ENLS. This effort was led by Sarah Livesay and Mary Kay Bader. Completion of training in each protocol is performed by answered randomly selected questions from this extensive question bank. Each question was taken from material in the original manuscripts that can be downloaded in each topic module.

Examination Questions Authors

Sheila A. Alexander, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Anne W. Alexandrov, PhD, RN, CCRN, ANVP-BC, FAAN1
Assistant Dean & Professor
DNP Program Coordinator & NET SMART Program Director
University of Alabama at Birmingham
School of Nursing & Comprehensive Stroke Center
Mary Kay Bader RN,MSN, CCNS, FAHA
Neuro/Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo CA

Patricia A. Blissitt, R.N., Ph.D., CCRN,
CNRN, CCNS, CCM, ACNS-BC Neuroscience
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Harborview Medical Center
Assistant Clinical Professor
University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle, Washington

Cynthia Bautista, PhD, RN, CNRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC
Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist
Yale-New Haven Hospital
New Haven, CT
Keith Dombrowski, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine/Neurology
Duke University

Sarah Livesay, RN, DNP, ACNP, CNS-A2
System Director Service Line Development
St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System Houston, TX

Dea Mahanes, RN, MSN, CCNS
Neurocritical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Virginia Health System

Karen March, RN, MSN, CNRN
Director of Clinical Development
Integra Lifescience
Plainsboro NJ

DaiWai M. Olson, PhD RN
Assistant Professor of Medicine/Neurology
Duke University

Michelle VanDemark, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CNRN, CCNS
Neurocritical Care CNP
Sanford USD Medical Center
Sioux Falls, SD

Susan Yeager MS, RN, CCRN, ACNP
Neurocritical Care Nurse Practitioner, Wexner Medical Center
Adjunct Faculty, The Ohio State University College of Nursing
Columbus, Ohio

Disclosure of conflict of interests:

1- Genentech, received honoraria for Speaker's Bureau; Net Smart Program, received research support as PI

2- BARD/Medivance, received honorarium for education/speaker's bureau; Moberg Medical, received honorarium for education presentation.

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