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Intensive Care Medicine/Consultation

When patients get very sick, they can get admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). This experience can be very scary, not only for the patient but also for family members. We are consulted on most patients who are admitted to the Intensive Care Unit because of our extensive training in critical care medicine. Although our main job is to help take care of the patient’s breathing, including managing a breathing machine if it is needed, we also look at the overall picture and help explain to family members the status of their loved one. We also perform procedures in the ICU including inserting large IV’s (central line) to give the medications needed for treatment.