Critically ill patients require intensive comprehensive care and constant monitoring. Our team of Critical Care experts, called intensivists, are skilled in the evaluation and management of the critically ill or critically injured patient experiencing a broad range of conditions, as well as in the advanced technology and procedures used in the intensive care unit (ICU).
The intensivist's care of critically ill patients also requires competency and compassion in areas such as end-of-life decisions, advance directives, estimating prognosis, and counseling of patients and their families.
The Role of an Intensivist
Doylestown Health's Critical Care unit is staffed by specially-trained, board-certified intensivists, ready to provide comprehensive care for critically-ill patients.
Also known as a critical care physician, the intensivist has advanced training and experience in treating this complex type of patient. Much like a cardiologist that focuses on the care of the heart and vascular system, or a pulmonologist that specializes in the treatment of the lungs and respiratory system, the intensivist takes a comprehensive approach to caring for critically ill patients.
The intensivist has the primary responsibility for managing the critically ill patient's care. In this role, the intensivist leads a team of physicians who are experts in different specialties, coordinating all other services the patient may need.
Conditions That Require Critical Care
- Patients who require close monitoring such as ventilation, temperature, nutrition, and metabolism.
- Patients who have lung issues or are experiencing difficulty breathing and may require that they be put on ventilator support to help them breathe normally.
- Patients with cardiac problems; are suffering from very low or very high blood pressure, or those that have just had a heart attack or are suffering from an unstable heart rhythm often need critical care. In addition, patients who have just undergone heart surgery are often prone to infections or other serious risks and require constant monitoring.
- Patients with a serious infection. This could lead to sepsis, which is a complication of serious infection that can lead to organ failure. Severe viral infections often compromise the respiratory system or the central nervous system. This can cause severe issues including morbidity and increased mortality rates among patients with a compromised immune system.