Cardiothoracic Critical Care Unit

The Loyola University Cardiothoracic Surgery ICU is a unit staffed around the clock by faculty of both the Department of Anesthesiology and Department of Medicine's Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Division. A resident and fellow representing each department is on call at any time of the day or night, as well as a full staff of specialized nurses and respiratory therapists.

Loyola is the regional referral center for the most critically ill and challenging cardiac surgery cases. In addition, it is a major center in the Midwest for both heart and lung transplants.

Areas of specialization include the management of transplants, pre-and post-op coronary bypass, valve, and lung surgeries. We also have extensive experience in the management of advanced cases such as ventricular assist devices, nitric oxide therapy and total artificial hearts.

Management of post-op problems such as bleeding, sepsis and organ failure is accomplished by a team approach involving consultants from every department. Physical, occupational and speech therapists, as well as nutritionists, pharmacists and social workers insure that every aspect of the patients recovery and ultimate discharge is integrated.