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Center for Critical Care

The Center for Critical Care is a multi-disciplinary organization, focused on the delivery of post-operative intensive care in multiple locations across Northeast Ohio. The team includes board certified anesthesiology and surgical intensivists, critical care nurse practitioners, and respiratory therapists.

Main Campus Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU)

The CVICU is the largest single cardiovascular surgery intensive care site in the country with six units and over 75 beds. The CVICU supports more than 19,000 patient days per year. Clinical management by board certified intensivists is co-primary with the cardiovascular surgeons. This collaborative structure enables the CVICU medical staff to determine aspects of patient management such as ventilatory support, sedation, nutrition and monitoring. CVICU staff also plays a key role in coordinating postoperative care between services. Staff provide follow-up on the regular nursing floor for patients with respiratory complications.

Main Campus Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU)

The SICU is an intensive care unit for post-operative patients. The SICU provides care for more than 9,000 patient days per year. Critical care in the SICU is directed by staff anesthesiologists who are board-certified in anesthesiology and critical care medicine. They provide specialty services to patients recovering from surgery with acute post-operative management needs or those with post-operative complications. The primary surgical services admitting to the SICU include colorectal surgery, general surgery, and orthopaedics.

Effective and timely delivery of critical care is a major safety net for Cleveland Clinic and its community hospitals. Our critical care teams provide high-level ICU support, management of mechanical ventilation and respiratory care, invasive ICU procedures and emergency support in non-ICU areas.

Main Campus
Cardiovascular ICU 76 beds
Surgical ICU 30 beds
Respiratory Therapy (Heart Hospital) 400 beds
Cardiovascular Medical Emergency Team (Heart Hospital) 290 beds
Adult Medical Emergency Team 631 beds

Regional Critical Care
Hillcrest Cardiovascular ICU 13 beds
Fairview Surgical ICU 10 beds
Lakewood Medical, Surgical and Neurological ICU 20 beds
Medina Medical-Surgical ICU 12 beds

Critical Care Education

The practice of critical care is dynamic, requiring increasing understanding of effective processes to improve outcomes for high-risk patients. To ensure widespread use of evidence-based practices, education is a focus of the Center for Critical Care.

Our longstanding Critical Care Fellowship is one of the largest postgraduate anesthesia training programs in critical care in the United States and has grown significantly over the past 10 years.

The Center for Critical Care hosts and leads sessions of the Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) course. This course, developed by the Society of Critical Care Medicine, provides a comprehensive overview of fundamental management principles for the first 24 hours of critical care.

In addition, there has been increasing interest in the role of critical care ultrasound as a diagnostic tool for patients with acute cardiopulmonary crises. We held our first Fundamentals in Critical Care Ultrasound course in 2012, with a second course to be held in 2013.

Main Campus Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (CTA) Respiratory Therapy

The CTA Respiratory Therapy group supplies services to the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit and the entire Heart and Vascular Institute. For more information visit the CTA Respiratory Therapy group website.