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Critical Care Surgery

At Baystate Medical Center, adult critically-ill medical and surgical inpatients are cared for in a 24-bed Beacon Award-winning Intensive Care Unit. The annual patient volume is approximately 1600 patients, 45% surgical and 55% medical.  The Intensive Care Unit is run by Board Certified Critical Care Specialists whose primary disciplines are Anesthesia, Internal Medicine, or Surgery.

The surgical team generally consists of an upper-level resident, plus two or three interns or junior residents rotating from the Surgical, Anesthesia, OB/GYN, or Emergency Medicine Programs. The medical team includes two senior medical residents, plus two or three interns rotating from Medicine, Med-Peds, or Emergency Medicine.

Each team may also include a Critical Care fellow, students from the University of Massachusetts Medical School - Baystate, or other medical schools and local schools for allied health professionals. House staff gain experience in all aspects of intensive care, including utilization of state-of-the-art equipment and advanced therapeutic techniques. 

Typical clinical experience includes respiratory failure, renal failure, hyperalimentation, septic shock, cardiogenic shock, intracranial pressure monitoring and control, gastrointestinal bleeding, and complex postoperative care.

The Intensive Care Unit maintains an active educational program, including bedside teaching rounds, daily classroom teaching sessions, visiting lecturers, and a core curriculum of ICU subjects repeated on a monthly basis.

The Critical Care faculty are active clinical researchers with recent published research in outcome assessment, severity scoring, novel therapeutics for shock and ARDS, value-based care, cost analysis, ethics, sedatives and neuromuscular blocking agents. A one-year Critical Care Fellowship, accredited by the ACGME is available.