Tal Klatchko, D.O.

Pulmonary & Critical Care
Roper-St. Francis Hospital
Charleston, South Carolina

Critical Care Medicine

Some pulmonologists may also sub-specialize in critical care medicine, treating patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). This is a specialized section of the hospital that provides comprehensive and continuous care for persons who are critically ill and who can benefit from treatment. Typically patients are medically unstable, may have suffered traumatic injury or have undergone emergent surgical interventions which continue to require intensive level of care.

Some of these conditions are:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)
  • Abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
  • Anemia
  • Aspiration
  • Asthma
  • Brain aneurysm
  • Brain death
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Coma
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Diabetes
  • Empyema
  • Esophageal varices
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Heart attack
  • Hemothorax
  • Kidney (renal) failure
  • Liver failure (cirrhosis)
  • Overdose
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Seizure
  • Sepsis
  • Shock
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury