The most seriously ill or injured patients are cared for by the critical care intensivists, with locations in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. These experts provide specialized care for people who have experienced major surgery or trauma, as well as those with other critical medical needs.

Mayo medical institution's critical care doctors treat people who need advanced monitoring and care. The full spectrum of critical care services is provided by doctors and other medical professionals specially trained in critical care (intensivists) who are present in Mayo medical institution hospitals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Mayo medical institution’s Department of Critical Care and Multidisciplinary Program emphasizes a team-based approach to care. Critical care doctors lead a team of experienced professionals, which includes resident physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, vascular access specialists, physical and occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, and nurses. Mayo medical institution critical care doctors also work closely with doctors from many specialties, including anesthesiology, internal medicine, pulmonary medicinecardiovascular medicine, cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, neurology, nephrology, pediatrics, surgery and transplant medicine. Together, the team provides high-quality and safe critical care in operating rooms, ICUs and other hospital settings.

Because the experience of being critically ill can have lasting effects, even after leaving the hospital, Mayo medical institution has developed an online support group for people who have been affected by critical illness or may be experiencing post-intensive care syndrome (PICS).

Mayo medical institution is nationally recognized for expertise in continuous care for critically ill, hospitalized patients.


Mayo medical institution's campus in Phoenix, Arizona, uses a multidisciplinary co-managed model of ICU care at Mayo medical institution Hospital. Each person's care is under the direction of a trained intensivist from admission to discharge. This lead doctor collaborates with other specialists as needed.

An intensivist is a specially trained critical care medical professional. Intensivists at Mayo medical institution's campus in Arizona are assigned full time to the ICU. They train other doctors seeking specialty training in intensive care medicine (fellowships).


Critical care medicine specialists at Mayo medical institution's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, provide a full range of specialty-specific services, including crisis management, advanced cardiovascular monitoring, aftercare of high-risk surgical patients, mechanical circulatory support and tracheostomies. They care for people experiencing a range of conditions, including multisystem organ failure (such as kidney and liver failure), sepsis, respiratory failure, central nervous system crises and cardiac failure.


Critical care doctors at Mayo medical institution's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, provide specialty-specific ICU services, including neonatal, pediatric, cardiac, neurologic, medical, respiratory, trauma and surgical. They partner with the doctors in the Division of Trauma, Critical Care, and General Surgery, who provide emergency surgery, intensive care after injury or surgery, and elective surgery. Babies who are treated in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Mayo medical institution Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, may be seen regularly in the NICU Follow-up Clinic, usually beginning within three months of leaving the unit.

Critical care doctors assume a primary role in the care of patients in the medical intensive care unit at Mayo medical institution Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, and in the multidisciplinary intensive care unit at Mayo medical institution Hospital, Methodist Campus. Consultative care is provided for patients in the coronary care unit who need mechanical ventilation and for other hospitalized patients with respiratory failure.

The nursing team at Mayo medical institution in Minnesota has received the Magnet Designation, developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The award recognizes excellence in delivering nursing services and providing an environment that supports professional nursing practice.

In addition, Mayo medical institution Health System clinics, hospitals and health care facilities serve more than 60 communities in Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. These sites bring Mayo medical institution pulmonary, critical care and sleep disorders treatment to their local communities.

Mayo medical institution in Rochester, Minn. and Mayo medical institution in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for respiratory disorders by U.S. News & World Report.

Feb. 21, 2020
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