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Anesthesia in Critical Care & Trauma Treatment Information
Our physicians have extensive training in medicines and techniques used to relieve pain, monitor vital signs and resuscitate patients in emergency situations. We use these skills throughout the hospital to offer comprehensive care for a wide range of patients, including those in critical condition or who require emergency care.
Patients in critical care may have life-threatening injuries or illnesses that require specialized care and equipment, such as:
- Breathing machines
- Feeding tubes
- Intravenous (IV) tubes
- Heart rate monitors
- Intracranial pressure monitors
While patients are in critical care, the anesthesiologist administers essential care, including:
- Ongoing medical assessment and diagnosis in response to changes in the patient’s condition
- Respiratory and cardiovascular support to maintain an acceptable heart rate and rhythm and adequate breathing
- Control of difficult-to-treat infections
Critical care patients may also require continuous pain medicine or sedation. The anesthesiologist directs the use of these medicines to maintain the best balance between reducing pain and keeping patients’ vital signs stable.
Anesthesiologists in the emergency room must respond quickly to the needs of patients who may be in severe pain or require anesthesia to prepare them for surgery. Our anesthesiologists have extensive medical knowledge and expertise in dealing with a wide variety of emergency and trauma situations. Important services we provide include:
- Advanced life support
- Airway management
- Cardiac and pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
- Pain control
- Preparation for emergency surgery
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Anesthesia in Critical Care & Trauma Support Services
The websites below may help you or your family when a loved one is very ill or critically injured. The information may also allow you to work more effectively with physicians and nurses in the critical care or emergency department.
A Sampling of Anesthesia in Critical Care & Trauma Support Services
IU Health Emergency Medicine
Learn about how expert emergency medicine physicians and staff provide high-quality emergency care throughout the state.
This National Institutes of Health website includes a brief overview of critical care, with links to further information and to explanations of medical terms that come up in critical care.
American Society of Anesthesiologists
This website has general information about emergency care and video interviews that explain how anesthesiologists make a difference in patients’ lives.