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Critical Care Medicine

Procedures used to help support and identify the cause of the critical condition include intubation, central venous catheterization, arterial cannulation, pulmonary artery catheterization, thoracentesis, bronchoscopy, lumbar puncture, paracentesis, and chest tube thoracostomy. The CCM physician coordinates the care provided to the critically ill patient with other medical or surgical specialists, as well as ancillary professionals such as dietary, respiratory therapy, and pharmacology. The CCM physician regularly meets with the patient and family to provide information regarding the patient's condition, diagnosis, support, required testing, treatments and prognosis. With input from the patient (if the patient is able to participate in decision making) along with the family the CCM physician makes sure the CCM care plan is consistent with the patient's previously stated or written wishes.