CRITICAL CARE 101

Critical Care Medicine, also known as Intensive Care Medicine, is a medical subspecialty dealing with day-to-day management of critically ill patients such as those in a hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Patients requiring a critical care physician typically include those with extreme illnesses such as unstable blood pressure, respiratory failure requiring ventilator management, renal failure, multiple system organ failure, sepsis, or cardiac arrhythmias. Non-critically ill patients may be admitted to the ICU when they require intensive monitoring and serial examinations. This typically occurs following major surgery or during an illness that has the potential of becoming catastrophic. Critical care physicians perform all aspects of critical care including endotracheal intubation and placement of intravenous central lines.  Given the life threatening conditions that ICU physicians treat, a critical care expert witness is commonly needed in medical malpractice cases.

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CRITICAL CARE CASE MATTER

When it comes to understanding all facets of Critical Care medical malpractice litigation, ELITE MEDICAL EXPERTS is up to the task. Our expertise includes the following:

  • Respiratory failure
  • Ventilator management
  • Dialysis
  • Complex infections
  • Septic shock
  • Pneumonia
  • MRSA
  • Meningitis
  • Urosepsis
  • SIRS (Systemic Immune Response Syndrome)
  • Renal Failure
  • Stroke
  • Intentional or accidental drug overdose
  • Cerebral anoxia
  • Massive pulmonary embolism
  • Head trauma
  • Bleeding and clotting disorders
  • ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura)
  • Severe anemia
  • Disseminated Intravascular coagulation (DIC)
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)
  • Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Nonketotic Syndrome (HHNS)
  • Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (Multisystem Organ Failure, or MSOF)
  • Central lines
  • Nasogastric tubes
  • Foley catheterization

Medical malpractice litigation in Critical Care Medicine may arise from allegations involving improper treatment, procedural complications, or delayed diagnosis.  More commonly, Critical Care specialists are called upon in medical malpractice cases as experts on causation in order to discuss issues involving the management of critically ill patients. Due to the broad and complex issues involved in Critical Care Medicine, an experienced Board-Certified Critical Care physician from a top academic medical center will be an invaluable resource. To secure a Critical Care medical expert who is ready to review your client’s medical malpractice case, please contact ELITE MEDICAL EXPERTS and speak with a physician today.