Critically ill patients require comprehensive intensive 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).
Critically ill patients and their loved ones benefit from our critical care team’s 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, our intensivists specialize in critical care medicine and pulmonary disease and have advanced training and experience in treating the complex 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, our intensivists take a comprehensive approach to caring for critically ill patients.
Doylestown Health's intensivists have the primary responsibility for managing the care of our most critically ill patients. In this role, our intensivists lead a multidisciplinary 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 difficulty breathing, and may require support from a ventilator to breathe normally.
- Patients with cardiac problems, suffering from very low or very high blood pressure, or who have just had a heart attack or are suffering from an unstable heart rhythm. 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 a 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.
THE CLARK CENTER FOR CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE
Designed with state-of-the-art equipment for managing medical emergencies, the Clark Center for Critical Care Medicine provides specialized care to patients with serious, immediate healthcare needs. With the opening of the new Putman ICU/IMU in the the Cardiovascular and Critical Care Pavilion, Doylestown Health expands its successful intensivist program, a model in which board-certified physicians specializing in the care of critically ill patients, are available in the ICU around the clock, seven days a week, 365 days a year. In frequent collaboration and consultation with medical-surgical colleagues across disciplines, the intensivist designs a personalized and coordinated care plan for every patient. Together with highly skilled care teams, including dedicated nurses in the ICU, the intensivist personally oversees daily multidisciplinary rounding that engages the patient (when possible) and their family members in the care plan. Our care teams focus on our patients’ comfort, and are very attentive to our patients’ families who frequently need information and guidance. Patients in the IMU benefit from a higher level of care that allows for close monitoring and provision of comprehensive care in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team.
As a nationally recognized leader in patient safety, Doylestown Hospital’s commitment to this innovative model of care delivery has already demonstrated improved outcomes for our most vulnerable patients.
Spanning the third floor of the Cardiovascular & Critical Care Pavilion, the new Clark Center for Critical Care Medicine features:
- The 28,500-square-foot Putman Intensive Care/Intermediate Unit, including 32 specialized, private patient rooms with universal ICU/IMU beds and a dedicated nursing staff
- A new workroom dedicated to respiratory therapy for the cleaning, calibration and storage of essential, life-saving equipment
- New configurations of nursing stations and other clinical functions throughout that will dramatically reduce ambient noise and promote healing
- Light-filled gathering spaces with views of nature, and respite rooms offering private and meditative spaces for family members