The SCC Team includes attending SCC faculty, residents, critical care-trained physician assistants (PAs) and ICU nurses. Due to the complexity of illness in ICU patients, timeliness of response by the physician is important. Through the involvement of a multiple physician/PA team, we can maintain an in-hospital physician or PA to respond immediately to the bedside for medical emergencies. There is full-time, in-hospital resident and physician assistant clinical coverage, and an attending surgical intensivist is always readily available.
Faculty members are attending teaching physicians who are board-certified by the American College of Surgeons to practice both general surgery and surgical critical care medicine. All have appointments at the University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Medicine and are full-time educators at SFHMC.
Residents are licensed physicians who have completed medical school and are pursuing specialty training. The SCC program at SFHMC is an important teaching component of UConn’s Residency Program. Resident physicians who are specializing in Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Emergency Medicine, as well as visiting physicians from across the U.S. and from other countries may rotate onto the Surgical Critical Care service for their critical care training.
Physician assistants (PAs) are healthcare professionals specifically trained to work under a physician’s supervision. The critical care PAs at Saint Francis have focused experience in the evaluation and management of critically ill patients and are dedicated full-time to intensive care. ICU Nurses are registered nurses who have received additional training in the care and management of critically ill patients.
What other specialists routinely participate in the care of critically ill patients?
Respiratory therapists, dieticians and pharmacists are also vital members of the SCC team. These elite groups of specialists provide daily patient care support under the direction of the attending surgical intensivist.