Critical Care Medicine
Thank you for the opportunity to care for you or your loved one in the intensive care unit (ICU). The ICU can be an intimidating place. Our team strives to provide high-quality care with compassion to set you at ease. Our critical care and anesthesia specialists promote a healing environment and use evidence-based medicine to achieve the best outcomes for the most critically ill patients. Our intensivists are board-certified in both anesthesiology and critical care medicine, a distinction we hope will inspire your confidence.
Our team provides care in multiple intensive care units (ICUs) throughout The University of Kansas Health System. These include:
- In the cardiothoracic surgical ICU (CTICU), you will receive excellent care provided by our multidisciplinary team of anesthesiology intensivists, cardiac anesthesiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, nurses and respiratory therapists. Multidisciplinary rounds occur every morning and often throughout the day. We encourage family member participation.
In the CTICU, we focus on the postoperative care of cardiac surgical patients, addressing hemodynamic stability, ventilator management and pain cessation using multimodal pain therapies. State-of-the-art cardiovascular support, including cardiac mechanical circulatory devices, such as ventricular assist devices (VAD) and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapies, are routinely provided.
- In the cardiac intensive care unit (CCI), anesthesiology intensivists work alongside cardiologists to attain the highest level of care for patients with coronary disease, rhythm disturbances and heart failure. Daily rounds occur with much time spent connecting with and educating patients and families. Invasive hemodynamic monitoring is common. Evaluations for advanced heart failure therapies, including mechanical support and heart transplantation, often occur in the CCI.
- In the neurocritical care unit (NEI), anesthesiology intensivists partner with neurology intensivists to provide care for patients with various neurologic disorders. This team also cares for postoperative neurosurgical patients. Brain injury can often lead to respiratory and blood or tissue challenges. Our intensivists are experienced and knowledgeable in this specific area of medicine.
Focus on family members' understanding and and ability to cope with these difficult processes is paramount. The multidisciplinary approach in the NEI offers both patients and families the highest level of care.