Our pulmonologists practice critical care medicine, enabling them to provide care in trauma centers and intensive care units by managing breathing machines, chest tubes, catheters, monitors, and other equipment during life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Critical care is defined as the direct delivery of medical care by a physician to the critically ill or injured patients. A critical illness or injury is when one or more vital organ systems are injured and there is a high chance of life threatening deterioration to the patient. Critical care also requires a high level of complex decision making to assess, handle, and support various symptom functions. A few examples of vital organ system failures are: respiratory failure, central nervous system, renal, shock, circulatory, etc.