Critical Care

Critical Care, also called Intensive Care, is a specialty that treats life-threatening injuries or illnesses in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Patients that are cared for GRMC’s ICU have a team of providers including specially trained nurses, highly skilled physicians including our Critical Care physician, as well as respiratory, physical and occupational therapists, and more.

Who needs critical care?

Examples of patients who need critical care include:

  • Heart or lung problems
  • Brain trauma
  • Blood infections (sepsis)
  • Drug-resistant infections
  • Serious injury (car crash, burns)
  • COVID-19
  • Organ, kidney or respiratory failure
  • Patients recovering from major surgery
  • Severe bleeding
  • Serious infections
  • Stroke

Sometimes people in a critical care unit are not able to communicate. It’s important that you have an advance directive in place. This can help your health care providers and family members make important decisions, including end-of-life decisions, if you are not able to make them. For more information about advanced directives, please contact GRMC Palliative Care Team.