Surgical intensivists are board-certified general surgeons who have completed additional training in the management and treatment of critically ill surgical patients. They have all received the American Board of Surgery’s Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgical Critical Care. The services they offer include the detailed evaluation and management of acutely ill or injured patients in the MSICU. Management of the patient may include technical procedures that the intensivists are specifically trained to perform.
Intensivists use a team approach to patient care by coordinating nursing staff, consulting physicians, pharmacists, respiratory therapists and other hospital staff. As board-certified surgeons, the surgical intensivists have unique insight into surgical problems in the critically ill. Since the surgical critical care team maintains a continuous presence in the ICU, they are able to deal most effectively with the patients’ immediate needs. The SCC team works closely with the patients’ operating surgeon to direct the overall care plan.