The Department of Critical Care Medicine (CCM) provides sophisticated, compassionate, and expert care to critically ill patients in our medical centers. Our approach to care emphasizes ethical principles and cost-effectiveness. Quality patient care is optimized through a multidisciplinary team approach, which includes intensivists of all specialties working with surgical and medical colleagues, critical care fellows, nurses, respiratory and physical therapists, pharmacists, nutrition specialists, and social workers. This team approach, coordinated under the direction of a CCM physician is meant to provide our patients with the highest level of care based on the latest scientific evidence.
CCM supports the clinical activities of a number of other departments and divisions in the school of medicine at Pitt, such as Transplantation, Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Trauma and General Surgery, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Our Department’s physicians provide coverage at all UPMC hospitals in the Oakland, Pittsburgh area.
The pie chart below depicts the allocation of clinical services among the various facilities where our CCM physicians provide service. The majority of clinical services are provided at the UPMC Presbyterian / Montefiore Intensive Care Units. The various units within UPMC Presbyterian / Montefiore have consistently been at, or very close to, full census for most of the past year. Over the course of 2010, nearly a quarter of the services were provided at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Tha ability for Children’s Hospital to provide the large amount of services can be attributed to a nearly consistent full occupancy in the Pediatric ICU and Pediatric Cardiac ICU, as well as the expanded ICU bed capacity available at the new Children’s Hospital facility. CCM's services provided at Magee-Womens Hospital remain stable over the course of 2010. The Hospitalist Division service accounts for approximately 13% of Departmental activity. This is a marked increase due to the expansion of the program to new facilities and coverage revisions.