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Critical Care

NOMS critical care experts specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and support of critically ill and injured patients, particularly trauma victims and patients with multiple organ dysfunction.  Care takes place in the Intensive Care Units (ICU) of the hospitals where NOMS’ physicians have privileges. 

A subspecialty of internal medicine, NOMS critical care specialists treat patients who need the most advanced monitoring and 24-hour care. Critical care medicine training is generally coupled with a pulmonary medicine fellowship, as pulmonologists most often oversee the care of patients in intensive care units. However, critical care units require a highly coordinated team approach to care and other internal medicine specialists, including cardiologists and general internists often also have advanced training in critical care medicine.

At a Glance

Shock

When a patient is in shock, vital organs are not getting enough oxygen because of low blood pressure. A wide variety of medical conditions can cause shock including heart attacks, major blood loss, severe trauma, or sepsis.

 

Respiratory Failure

Respiratory failure is lung failure resulting in dangerously low levels of oxygen or dangerously high levels of carbon dioxide.  It can result from lung conditions including pneumonia, emphysema or smoke inhalation. It also can be caused by conditions affecting the nerves and muscles that control breathing.

 


Sepsis

Sepsis is an infection that results in organ damage.  Any infection can lead to sepsis, but most commonly sepsis results from pneumonia, an abdominal infection like appendicitis or gall bladder infection, or a skin infection.

 

Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary embolism is a blockage in one of the lung’s arteries. In most cases, it is caused by blood clots that travel to the lungs from deep veins in the legs.  Because the clots block blood flow to the lungs, pulmonary embolism can be life-threatening.

 

Conditions we Treat

Arrhythmia Heart Attack Heart Failure Pneumonia Pulmonary Embolus Respiratory Failure Sepsis Shock Stroke Trauma Traumatic Brain Injury Ventilator-associated Pneumonia