Under the direction of Arthur J. Boujoukos, MD, Vice Chair for Adult Clinical Affairs and Chief of the Adult CCM Division, this Division’s over 55 physicians provide care in 11 specialized units that when combined, total more than 185 beds at UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Montefiore, UPMC Mercy, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, and the Oakland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. ICU beds account for approximately 25% of the total beds available at UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Montefiore. Our Department also provides emergent care to all patients in the medical center who experience a cardiac emergency, respiratory emergency or other life threatening medical emergency. This service is provided through the Medical Emergency Teams (METs) that respond to emergencies through the Department’s Critical Care Outreach Service (CCOS).
Quality of patient care is optimized through a multidisciplinary approach, which includes intensivists 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 the critical care faculty, is meant to provide our patients with the highest level of care based on the latest scientific evidence. Specialized clinical programs supported clinically by the Division of Adult Critical Care Medicine include solid-organ transplantation, cardiac and trauma surgery, artificial liver perfusion, ventricular assist devices, and thrombolytic and other medical therapies for stroke and trauma. The CCM rounding teams are assigned to specific ICUs and consist of one CCM faculty member, one or more CCM fellows, several medical students, and in some cases, additional residents from a variety of departments (surgery, anesthesiology, medicine, orthopedics, or obstetrics).