The Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care has 17 faculty members who are trained in and practice critical care medicine -- the care of the critically injured or perioperative patient.
The primary site of practice is the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), which is a 56 bed, high-tech, nationally recognized unit, with three separate nursing staffs and three intensive care services.
The unit’s 7,000 yearly admissions consist of a mix of emergency transfers, critically ill post-operative patients and chronically critically ill patients. ICU stays range from a period of hours to months, and the population consists of a mix of general surgical, vascular, trauma, transplant, cardiac and neurosurgical patients.
Our faculty covers three services in the HUP SICU:
In addition to the HUP SICU, our critical care specialists, or intensivists, care for patients following cardiac surgery in a “step-down” unit in the hospital. We are also initiating a new surgical intensive care unit at Pennsylvania Hospital in the fall of 2007.
In addition to these five on-site critical care services, the department also manages and staffs the Penn E-lert eICU telemedicine program. Penn E-lert eICU is a state-of-the-art electronic ICU that provides an additional layer of expert medical and nursing support for critically ill patients located at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.
About Our Team
The critical care faculty members are specialists in the care of extremely ill patients, which includes the management of the brain, lungs, circulatory system, gut and kidneys.
While their efforts are usually directed towards the cure of disease, these physicians often deal with end-of-life issues when medical interventions are no longer successful. These specialists work in close coordination with the surgeons to whom the patient was admitted, and are often in direct communication with families and loved ones of our patients.
Our intensive care teams are multidisciplinary, and consist of:
- nurse practitioners
- respiratory therapists
- various allied health care professionals
The teams are lead by faculty intensivists, who work with and educate fellows and residents who rotate through the intensive care units during the course of their training.