Faculty members in the Division of Critical Care Medicine provide care for critically ill patients in both the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Neurosurgical ICU. Both ICUs are jointly supervised by Surgical Critical Care and Anesthesiology Critical Care and managed 24/7 by intensivists. The Division’s intensivists also treat critically ill patients in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit who are awaiting transfer to an ICU. The Neurosurgical ICU has expanded into two units and now features 22 beds. Patients receiving thrombolytic therapy for ischemic stroke and those being treated for subarachnoid hemorrhages and brain tumors are cared for in this unit. The Surgical ICU features 19 beds (a number which is expected to rise). The staff provides care for patients undergoing major vascular surgery or transplant surgery, those with severe pancreatitis, and patients suffering from septic shock and multi-organ failure. Faculty members continue to incorporate advances in clinical care in these ICUs. For example, they now use ultrasound to direct intravascular catheter placement.
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