Critical Care Medicine
board certified physicians · evidence-based critical care
At Florida Chest, Drs. Powell, Lorch, Hooker, Graves, Shah, and Gomez – all Board Certified in Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine – deliver the highest level of care for our most severely ill patients in the hospital. We practice evidence-based critical care medicine to ensure you are receiving state-of-the-art medicine.
What is a Critical Care Pulmonologist?
Critical Care Pulmonologists are qualified to provide life-saving care for patients suffering from respiratory disorders that may be life-threatening.
About Pulmonary Critical Care Services
Pulmonary critical care is a specialized field of emergency medicine that treats patients suffering from injuries and diseases of the respiratory, or pulmonary, system, which includes the lungs, trachea, diaphragm and related structures. Physicians that practice within this specialty are known as critical care pulmonologists, and are typically employed in intensive care units (ICUs) within hospitals, but may also be present in pulmonary clinics. Critical care pulmonologists are trained to stabilize patients suffering from pulmonary conditions that are affecting the ability to breathe. If respiratory complications are left untreated, a host of other serious medical problems may result.
Critical care pulmonologists work to provide emergency care, working alongside other critical care physicians and intensivists to perform resuscitations and other life-saving procedures. These physicians are often present when patients are suffering from multi-system failure and other life threatening situations. Critical care pulmonologists are trained to provide care for pulmonary diseases and disorders such as respiratory failure, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and chronic bronchitis, among many other conditions affecting the respiratory system.
Because the pulmonary system affects all of the other systems of the body, critical care pulmonologists may also be present during major surgeries and operations, ensuring the respiratory health of the patient. These physicians are also consulted when other disorders have the potential to severely impact the functions of a patient’s pulmonary system.