Treatment and Therapy utilized in the Critical & Intensive Care

ICU Physician Intensivist Program

Patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) often have complex illnesses that require collaborative approaches to treatment. The provision of quality care to critically ill patients is the goal of the Intensivist program. Intensivists are physicians who are board certified in Critical Care Medicine. They are uniquely qualified to care for critically ill patients along with other highly trained health care professionals. Munroe Regional Medical Center is dedicated to providing the most current, collaborative care possible for patients requiring ICU services.

The ICU at Munroe is a 30 bed medical-surgical unit that participates in numerous patient quality initiatives, including the Intensivist Program. Munroe’s ICU is the only critical care unit in Marion County staffed by in-house, board-certified, critical care physicians 24 hours a day. To ensure our sickest patients receive high-quality care, our Intensivists utilize a team approach that includes nurses, respiratory therapists, and case managers. In addition the team uses state-of-the-art medical equipment along with the latest evidence-based practice (including continuous renal replacement therapy, therapeutic hypothermia, and advanced ventilator management).

Medical research shows that a collaborative Intensivist program improves patient care by decreasing infections and complications.

Therapeutic Hypothermia

Approximately 300,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur each year in the United States.1 Therapeutic Hypothermia is a new, cutting edge treatment which has been shown to increase both survival and neurologic outcomes for those patients who remain comatose after surviving a cardiac arrest. Therapeutic Hypothermia, or chilling, involves decreasing a patient’s body temperature by several degrees for at least 24 hours. Cooling the patient decreases the brain’s metabolic demand, thereby preserving brain function.

Munroe Regional Medical Center is proud to offer Therapeutic Hypothermia. Our Intensivists, ICU Nurses, and Respiratory Therapists possess the training and skills necessary to provide this cutting-edge technology. Munroe’s ICU is the only critical care unit in Marion County staffed by in-house, board-certified, critical care physicians 24 hours a day.  

Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT)

Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy or CRRT is a form of dialysis; an “out of body” blood purification method intended to replace kidney function for extended periods of time. This is done continuously (24 hours/day). It is a “gentle” form of dialysis, making it safe to use on renal failure patients that are too critically ill to tolerate traditional dialysis. This form of dialysis requires a nurse with advanced training in the latest state of the art technical equipment.