Trauma, Critical Care

Surgical Critical Care

Patients who have experienced trauma or undergone emergency or major surgery, such as an organ transplant, often require close and intensive monitoring, which is carried out in our state-of-the-art 20-bed Surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Patients in the ICU also benefit from an extra layer of care provided through  advanced electronic monitoring or telelCU services. Our ICU patients are remotly monitored by a team of intensive care specialists who can alert the beside care team of any adverse events so an immediate intervention can be activated. EICU's can increase overall patient outcomes and reduce mortality rates in ICU patients.

Our Surgical ICU makes use of the latest technologies, including noninvasive cardiac and continuous hemoglobin monitoring, bedside ultrasound and continuous telemetric monitoring. Individual patient rooms allow family members more private access to their loved ones and decreases disturbances to the patients.

Multidisciplinary Expertise

Our physicians treating patients in Surgical ICU have undergone specialized training and are certified by a national board in surgical critical care. They are an integral part of a large and diverse team that includes nurses, nurse specialists, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists, social workers and case managers.

This multidisciplinary expertise ensures that patients in our Surgical ICU average shorter lengths of stay and lower rates of infection and of mortality. The team also helps foster a smooth transition when patients are transferred from Surgical ICU to a hospital ward and later discharged from the hospital. We coordinate ongoing care with community agencies to address issues such as home health care, medical equipment needs, living situations and financial concerns.

Continuous Improvement

Because we continually strive to become better, a number of quality improvement programs are in place to implement the latest recommendations for reducing infections, enhancing patient mobility and decreasing pain as part of our Surgical ICU care.

Ongoing research protocols also help ensure that Banner University Medical Center in conjunction with the University of Arizona, will remain at the forefront of cutting-edge medicine.    

Make an Appointment

For the best surgical care in Tucson, Southern Arizona and the Southwest, you can make an appointment by calling us at (520) 694-1001.