The critical cate doctors at Adventist HealthCare specialize in treating patients with life-threatening illnesses and injuries.
What is Critical Care?
Critical care is a multidisciplinary unit that treats patients with complex medical conditions. Our dedicated teams offer expert clinical support for a variety of conditions including:
- Acute and chronic kidney diseases requiring dialysis
- Brain and/or nervous system complications
- Breathing conditions, including those requiring a ventilator or tracheostomies
- Cardiac conditions, such as congestive heart failure
- Multi-organ system failure/disease
- Septicemia (blood system infection)
Critical Care Units
Our critical care teams primarily treat patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU), and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The ICU, IMCU and NICU are designed to provide comprehensive care and round-the-clock monitoring.
Meet the Team
While in need of critical care, many types of caregivers will attend to the physical and emotional needs of patients and their loved ones. You may work with:
- Clinical nurse specialist – Assists with maintaining patient outcomes, and acts as a bridge between medicine and nursing.
- Critical care nurses – Registered nurses especially trained in critical care who work closely with intensivists to provide ongoing assessments and minute-to-minute care.
- Intensivists – Doctors board certified in critical care medicine who lead the critical care team and provide 24-hour coverage to all ICU patients.
- Nursing leadership – Supports the critical care nurses as well as manage the daily workflow of the unit. The Nursing Leadership includes the Director of Critical Care, Unit Manager and Assistant Nurse Manager.
- Respiratory Therapists – Assist as needed with breathing disorders ventilator management.
- Patient care technician – Attends to basic care needs, including hygiene and comfort requests.