The Multidisciplinary Critical Care (MDSCC) Service, under the direction of Addison K. May, MD, FACS, FCCM, provides care to critically ill and injured patients within the Surgical Intensive Care Unit in a collaborative multidisciplinary fashion. The Surgical ICU is a 21 bed ICU that serves a diverse group of patients including critically ill general, vascular, oncologic, transplant, thoracic, orthopedic, plastic, urologic, and head and neck surgical patients.
With over a decade of active service, the LifeFlight helicopters make over 2000 flights annually. LifeFlight and the Stallworth Rehabilitation Center allow patients to remain within the Vanderbilt system from the time of injury until their return to work. The trauma program at Vanderbilt is unique in that surgical residents gain exposure to the problems of both urban and rural trauma care. This comprehensive approach to trauma care and surgical critical care provides powerful research and educational opportunities for residents interested in a career in trauma surgery or surgical critical care.
In addition to the active clinical program, the division supports injury prevention, ongoing research opportunities, and continuing medical education programs for Advanced Trauma Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.
The MDSCC team consists of critical care physician team, a clinical pharmacist, and respiratory therapist working collaboratively with the nursing staff within the unit and with the primary service for the patient. The critical care physician team is comprised of board-certified Surgery and Anesthesiology intensivists, a critical care fellow, mid-level residents, and interns. To provide the highest level of Critical Care management, the MDSCC Service maintains the following characteristics:
Maximizing the quality and value of care provided in the SICU is labor intensive requiring collaborative interactions between diverse groups. The MDSCC service and SICU views each of the services that primarily admit patients to the unit as its customers. Physician, nursing, and ancillary groups work collaboratively to standardize practice where appropriate and maintain excellence in all levels of care.