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What is the role of an intensivist doctor in cardiac bypass surgery?

An 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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