Surgical Critical Care

Surgical Critical Care Expert Witness

A Surgical Critical Care expert witness is a Surgeon who testifies on the management of critically ill patients in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU).  Surgical Critical Care (SCC) specialists provide direct nonoperative care for patients with acute, severe conditions related to surgery. Surgical Critical Care specialists practice in critical care and surgical critical care units at major medical centers where they utilize a special set of skills and knowledge unique to the care of critically ill pediatric and adult surgical patients. Surgical Critical Care and Medical Critical Care specialists share many common skills, but the focus of SCC relates to complications and consequences of surgery as well as complex surgical conditions such as burns, trauma, postoperative infections, compartment syndrome, and multisystem organ failure. Specialists in Surgical Critical Care may be actively practicing surgeons, though they may also come from nonoperative fields such as Emergency Medicine.  A carefully selected Surgical Critical Care expert witness can address any pertinent area.

Litigation in Surgical Critical Care is uncommon, though when it occurs the allegations typically stem from management issues related to complex postoperative conditions such as shock or infection, or delays in returning to the operating room to address complications.

Surgical Critical Care Case Matter

Elite Medical Experts has extensive experience in Surgical Critical Care cases and can secure a nationally recognized Surgical Critical Care expert witness for and issue, including:

  • Emergency surgery
  • Burn management
  • Wound debridement
  • Complication of transplant surgery
  • Hemorrhagic shock
  • Trauma
  • Ischemia
  • Postoperative infections
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Multisystem organ failure
  • Tracheostomy and ventilator management

Given the complexity of Surgical Critical Care, an experienced Board-Certified Surgical Critical Care expert witness from a leading university medical center is an invaluable resource for challenging assignments. To secure a SICU expert witness who is ready to work with you, please contact Elite Medical Experts and speak with a physician or nurse on Elite’s experienced Case Strategy Team today.

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Dr. Burton Bentley II, the CEO of Elite Medical Experts, is a nationally renowned authority on medical liability, informed consent, and complex issues at the intersections of medicine, law, and business. As a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician and entrepreneur, Dr. Bentley founded Elite Medical Experts in 2010 while overseeing nearly a decade of year-over-year growth. Dr. Bentley also developed and patented a commercial medical device and co-founded Consent Spectrum, a state-of-the-art digital platform for informed consent in aesthetic medical procedures.  Outside of Elite, Dr. Bentley can be found spending time with his family and riding horses in Tucson’s riverbeds and deserts.

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