Surgical critical care serves an important role in the hospital setting as for surgeons and surgical patients who are critically ill and/or injured. Many of these patients have an acute or imminent need for surgical intervention. In addition, patients who require surgery to treat one condition may also have another chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension or a history of massive bleeding. These patients require a hospital with a surgical intensive care unit that ensures an advanced level of 24/7 observation before, during and after their procedure.
In addition to his other surgical responsibilities, Dr. Steven Johnson of Capital Health Surgical Group is the director of Surgical Critical Care at Capital Health. He leads the new Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) at Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell, which is the first of its kind at any hospital in the greater Mercer/Bucks region.
The advantage to a specialized unit—such as the one at Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell—is that a surgeon trained in acute care surgery is available at all times. These types of surgeons are known as surgical intensivists. Perioperative services would be offered to surgeons and their patients from across most medical fields, including urology, orthopedics, ENT (ear, nose and throat), plastics, general surgery, OB/GYN and maternal-fetal medicine, laparoscopic and bariatric surgery, surgical oncology, trauma, and endocrine surgery, just to name a few.