Vassily T. Eliopoulos, MD
Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Location and Office HoursApex Emergency Group PC
550 S Wadsworth Blvd Ste 410
Lakewood, CO 80226
- Avista Adventist Hospital
- St Anthony Hospital
- St Anthony North Hospital
Should I call my family about my loved one in critical care?
Deb Cordes, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, answered on behalf of Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Whether or not to call the family about a loved one in critical care is a decision that only you can make. These can be hard decisions if there are problems within the family. It may help to discuss this with pastoral care or social worker to help you work through this issue. When a patient is in critical care they are very sick and it may be important for all the family members to be aware of the patient's condition.
What is an Emergency Medicine (EM) specialists?
Kathleen Handal, MD, Emergency Medicine, answered
Emergency Medicine (EM) is a specialty, like cardiology. EM doctors undergo rigorous study and specialty testing throughout their careers. This includes MDs and DOs. The respective Boards of MDs and DOs require first the passing a qualifying written examination and then an oral certification examination. Certification is for 10 years after that they must maintain ongoing certification. EM specialist can take a fellowship training beyond residency in area of EM subspecialties:
- Emergency Medical Services
- Hospice and Palliative Medicine
- Internal Medicine-Critical Care Medicine
- Medical Toxicology
- Pediatric Emergency Medicine
- Sports Medicine
- Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine
The doctor who sees you in the ER may be a specialist (Board Certified) in Emergency Medicine. They work closely with specialists and will contact your primary care physician (PCP), when necessary, in order to give you first-rate care.
So every physician working in an ER, whether or not they are Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, has the same responsibilities.
What is the role of an intensivist doctor in cardiac bypass surgery?
SCAI answeredAn intensivist (or ICU doctor) is a medical doctor who specializes in the care of critically ill patients. An intensivist may be trained in internal medicine, anesthesiology or another medical specialty. In addition, the ICU doctor will have completed a fellowship or one or more year’s duration in critical care medicine.
Depending on your hospital, you may be under the care of an intensivist while in the ICU or the cardiac surgery ICU for a cardiac bypass surgery. Intensivists work with the care team to manage any issues that arise after cardiac surgery and also help manage the ventilator (breathing machine) that patients are on immediately after bypass surgery.
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