Critical Care

a critical care provider

When people suffer from a life-threatening injury or illness, or have serious complications from a surgery, they may need immediate, enhanced and around-the-clock care provided by a trusted health care team.

Stormont Vail Health has two Critical Care departments; Medical Critical Care and Surgical/Trauma Critical Care. The Surgical/Trauma Critical Care works closely with the Trauma Resuscitation Team as Stormont Vail Health is a Level 2 Trauma Center.

The Critical Care team at Stormont Vail will continuously monitor the patient’s vital signs and frequently assess the patient’s condition, which can change quickly in a critical situation.

Care at Your Bedside

To make sure our patients receive attentive and fast responses from our medical staff when an emergency happens, we have set up small nurse stations outside patient rooms. This allows nurses to see their patients at all times.

Integrated Team-Based Care

Our critical care physicians provide team-based care. They work with the Critical Care pharmacist, respiratory therapist, and dietician; bedside nurses; charge nurses; nurse managers; and quality coordinator to give patients comprehensive support. We keep each patient’s primary care physician in the loop as well, sending status reports and charts about the patient’s treatment.

We also care about you and your family’s comfort. We involve Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care and Spiritual Care to support you and your family physically and emotionally. We have a kitchen for family use, and the waiting area offers a home-like environment to help ease family members’ anxiety.

About Our Treatment Team

Our team is highly specialized in caring for patients who are in critical condition. The team includes nurses who have obtained certification in critical care, which requires extensive job knowledge and hours of work in a critical care unit.

Our Critical Care physicians, also called intensivists, are certified in internal medicine before they develop their specialty and complete formal training requirements to be certified in critical care. They have extensive knowledge in medicine and are highly skilled in performing life-saving procedures for seriously ill patients.

Conditions We Treat

  • Bleeding in the brain or brain cell damage caused by a stroke

  • Cardiac Arrhythmia

    An irregular heartbeat
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis

    A serious and life-threatening complication of diabetes that develops when cells can’t take energy from sugar because the body does not have enough insulin. Instead, the cells start to break down fat and muscles. This process produces a chemical called ketones, which dangerously throws off the chemical balance in the body.
  • Heart Attack

    Damage to heart muscle because blood flow that brings oxygen to heart is blocked.
  • Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic State

    Dangerously high blood sugar levels, usually in patients with Type 2 Diabetes
  • Pulmonary Edema

    A condition where the lungs fill with fluid, which can make it hard to breathe and can lead to respiratory failure (the lungs are unable to take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide)
  • Renal (kidney) Failure

    One or two of the kidneys stop filtering waste and excessive fluid, which can cause severe symptoms such as irregular heart rhythms and sudden death.
  • Sepsis (Also Called Septicemia)

    A serious condition that can develop when the immune system releases large amounts of chemicals into the blood in an effort to fight off an infection. These chemicals can cause inflammation and organ damage.
  • Spinal Injuries

    Damage to any part of your spinal cord or nerves. Symptoms of spinal injury include loss of movement, bladder control, breathing difficulty, etc.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries

    It can be a result of a fall, motor vehicle collision, violence, sports etc. Severe traumatic brain injury can cause death.
  • Our Treatments & Services

    • Angioplasty

      A wire mesh tube (stent) is inserted into a blocked blood vessel, gradually releasing drugs that prevent the vessel from blocking up again.
    • Carotid Endarterectomy

      A surgical procedure that can improve blood flow to the brain and prevent stroke in at-risk patients who have signs of reduced blood flow that could lead to a stroke
    • Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT)

      A type of dialysis for kidney failure patients that purifies the blood flowing through the kidneys on an ongoing basis
    • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft

      Surgery that can improve blood flow in patients with serious coronary heart disease
    • Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair

      A treatment option for some patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms. During the procedure, a needle is inserted into an artery in the groin and then guided by X-ray up to the aneurysm.
    • Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP)

      A device inserted into the largest artery (aorta) to help the heart pump blood more efficiently. The device is typically placed below the heart, through the aorta in the leg.
    • Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)

      A device usually used in heart failure patients when the heart is too weak to pump blood on its own
    • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

      A minimally invasive procedure to fix a damaged heart valve

     

     

    Next Steps For Patients

    Make an Appointment

    • Please call 911 or take the patient to Emergency Department. We will respond on notification.

    See a Primary Care Provider

    • Call (785) 270-4440 to schedule an appointment with your Stormont Vail primary care provider.
    • Not a Stormont Vail patient? Call (785) 270-4440 to set up your first appointment with one of our primary care providers.

    Check With Your Insurance

    Before your appointment, check with your insurance company to learn about coverage. Click here for a list of Kansas Insurance Company phone numbers and websites.

    MyChart

    You can stay connected to Stormont Vail through our online portal, MyChart. The portal lets you schedule an E-Visit or appointment, renew prescriptions, view your medical records and test results, and contact your care team.

    MyChart Login Learn More About MyChart

    Next Steps For Referring Providers

    • If you need to refer a patient to our critical care, please call (785) 354-6250.