Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute’s critical care team includes fellowship-trained intensivists, cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists, nurses, consult specialists, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, dieticians, perfusionists, physical and speech therapy specialists, and clergy.
Saint Luke's critical care services:
- Feature highly trained critical care physicians, called intensivists
- Provide current evidence-based care
- Offer advanced cardiopulmonary support in the form of ventricular assist devices and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
ECMO is used for patients with life-threatening heart or lung disease or damage. It provides short-term support of the cardiac or pulmonary system when conventional management fails. ECMO can fully support the heart and lungs until the underlying problem is resolved or organ transplantation occurs.