All health plans generally cover critical care or intensive care unit costs. Medicare pays hospitals one payment for a type of admission which means that they leave the length of time you are in critical care to the judgment of the physicians. Many insurance companies also do the same thing. Some insurance companies may check with your physician to understand the plan for your care.
Douglas A. Isenstein, MD
Specialty: Critical Care Medicine
- critical care medicine
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursGeorgia Pulmonary Group
Snellville, GA 30078
- monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- BlueChoice (BC/BS of GA)
- BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia
- Coventry Health Care
- United Healthcare
- Eastside Medical Center
- Emory Eastside Medical Center
- Gwinnett Medical Center
Is critical care cost covered by my health plan or Medicare?
Joane Goodroe, Nursing, answered
How old do I have to be to sign an advance directive or POLST?
Scripps Health answered
People who are 18 and older may obtain advance directive or physician orders for life-sustaining treatment (POLST) forms. They can get the forms from their doctor or healthcare institution.
What is an emergency room crash cart used for?
Discovery Health answered
A crash cart is a cabinet containing equipment doctors and nurses need when a patient's heart stops beating. This is a grave situation that requires immediate life-saving steps.
Typically a crash cart contains:
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- A defibrillator - This is an electrical device that has two paddles that can be placed on a patient's chest. The defibrillator discharges electricity through the heart when a lethal rhythm is present. The doctor's goal is to shock the heart back to normal. A "lethal rhythms" can include ventricular fibrillation (a rapid, unsynchronized, uncoordinated heartbeat) or ventricular tachycardia (a rapid heartbeat that prevents the heart from pumping properly).
- Endotracheal intubation equipment - Intubation is the procedure of placing a tube into someone's windpipe when the person stops breathing or is not breathing adequately. Artificial respiration equipment uses that tube to take over a patient's breathing. The package will include tubes of various sizes and a laryngoscope (a light with a flat metal piece that lifts the tongue so the tube can be placed into the windpipe.
- Central vein catheters - These are small tubes placed in the central veins (near the heart) so medications and fluids can reach the heart and other organs quickly.
- Cardiac drugs - During a heart attack, certain potent drugs are needed to restart the heart or return it to a stable rhythm. Some of the more common drugs that treat unstable heart rhythms are epinephrine, atropine and lidocaine.