Critical Care Anesthesia Division
The Department of Anesthesiology is integrally involved in caring for critically ill patients in Mount Sinai Hospital. A total of eight Anesthesiologist Intensivists with Certificates of Special Qualification in Critical Care from the American Board of Anesthesiology, or its equivalent, serve within the newly formed Critical Care Institute.
This group also participates in the care of patients in the 15 bed Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit. Combined, these units admit more than 3500 patients per year. They are particularly well known for their expertise in caring for patients undergoing liver transplant, mitral valve repair, LVAD insertion, craniotomy, and major spine surgery. They also care for any patients in surgical services suffering from septic shock, respiratory failure, decompensated heart failure, acute kidney injury and hemorrhage.
In addition to clinical care, our faculty excels in teaching and research in Critical Care Medicine. The experience our residents obtain while rotating through these units is intense with mandatory rotations in the CA-0, CA-1 and CA-2 years. This training is in line with the direction the specialty of Anesthesiology is taking (i.e., integrating the concept of the "perioperative home" into current anesthesia practice). All aspects of critical care management are covered including: triage, asset management, neurological monitoring, hemodynamic assessment, monitoring and support, mechanical ventilation and ECMO, renal replacement therapy including CVVH, nutrition including parenteral and enteral routes, blood product administration, infectious disease and point of care ultrasound.