The Team members you may meet during your stay in critical care include:
Attending/Primary Care Physician
The physician who admits the patient to the hospital and generally oversees his or her care.
A medical doctor who specializes in treating critically ill patients.
A physician who is a specialist in a medical field other than that of the attending/primary care physician. Consulting physicians may be called in by the attending/primary care physician to provide opinions or specialized care that pertains to their specialty.
Cardiothoracic Nurse Practitioner
A master’s-prepared nurse who, in collaboration with your physicians, manages common post-operative conditions and is actively involved with your discharge process.
Critical Care Nurse
A registered nurse who cares for patients who require complex assessment, highly intensive therapies and interventions provided through continuous nursing vigilance. Critical care nurses rely upon a specialized body of knowledge, skills, and experience to provide care to patients and families and create environments that are healing, humane, and caring. Foremost, the critical care nurse is a patient advocate.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Registered Nurse
A member of the healthcare team who provides individualized treatment for a patient following a cardiac procedure or event. Treatments include early assessment; progressive mobilization; and education regarding cardiovascular disease, self-care and cardiac risk factors.
Patient Care Associate
A hospital-trained nursing assistant who provides bedside care such as bathing, blood drawing, EKG’s, and repositioning of patients.
A healthcare professional who focuses on the respiratory system of the patient. They monitor the patient’s breathing and the equipment associated with respiratory care.
A registered nurse who assesses for discharge planning needs, such as visiting nurse services, medical equipment to use at home or transfer to a rehabilitation facility. They also review clinical data in the chart to provide information for insurance companies to ensure adequate coverage.
A credentialed counselor who provides assistance with issues that arise due to illness and hospitalization. They assess and assist with social matters, psychological concerns, and end of life issues. In addition, they work closely with the case manager for discharge planning.
Pastoral Care Representative
A spiritual counselor credentialed in pastoral care who offers spiritual and emotional support, sacramental care and support to patients and families during times of stress.
A hospital-trained unit secretary that directs phone calls, transcribes physician’s orders, and manages the patient’s chart.
A healthcare professional who focuses on the nutritional status of the patients. The assist the Team by ensuring that the patient is receiving the best nutrition possible.
A healthcare professional registered to monitor and control the patient’s medications. They ensure the right medications at the right dosages are available.
A healthcare professional credentialed to assess the patient’s ability to perform personal care activities such as feeding, bathing, and grooming. Exercise and treatment are provided to achieve goals.
A healthcare professional credentialed to assess and treat patients who require rehabilitation due to an illness or surgery. In the Critical Care Unit, they provide therapy at the bedside to increase strength, joint range of motion, and mobility within the patient’s tolerance.
A healthcare professional credentialed to asses and provide therapy to patients who have difficulty with communications and/or swallowing.
Palliative Care Service
An interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals who specialize in managing pain and symptoms, providing additional emotional support, and assisting patients and families make difficult decisions. Many members of the Critical Care Team are also members of the Palliative Care Team.
Patient Relations Representative
Registered nurses who assist the patient and family with issues such as patient advocacy, navigating the hospital system, notary services, and accommodations, as well as assistance with other concerns that may arise.