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Critical Care Medicine

Critical care is medical care for patients whose illness may be life-threatening and requires close, constant watch by a team of specially trained caregivers. Most critical care takes place in an intensive care unit (ICU) or trauma center. Patients may be in the ICU or trauma center for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to:
  • heart conditions: heart attack, arrhythmia, shock, or congestive heart failure
  • bleeding
  • breathing issues: pneumonia, respiratory failure or pulmonary embolus
  • encephalopathy (swelling of the brain)
  • infections caused by catheters or drug resistance
  • kidney failure
  • malnutrition
  • sepsis (inflammation that can damage multiple organ systems)
  • serious injury due to car crash, gun shot, stabbing, fall, or burns
  • stroke
Our board certified critical care physicians (often referred to as Intensivists) are dedicated to caring for critically ill patients. The Intensivists lead a team of health care providers, including:
  • other providers such as your Hospitalist, Surgeon, Family Physician, or other specialists
  • mid-level providers such as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant
  • critical care nurses
  • pharmacists
  • registered dieticians
  • respiratory therapists
  • physical therapists
  • occupational therapists
Critical care management is provided to patients at Deaconess Hospital, Deaconess Gateway Hospital, The Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway, and The Women's Hospital as requested. Management of care may include such procedures as:
  • arterial line placement
  • bronchoscopy
  • central line placement
  • chest tube placement
  • mechanical ventilation management
  • mechanical ventilation weaning
  • paracentesis
  • swan-ganz catheterization
  • thoracentesis
  • tracheostomy

Our providers also serve patients in other capacities: