Critical Care | Whittier, CA | PIH Health

Critical Care

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Rely on the critical care doctors at PIH Health who specialize in treating patients with life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

Recognized Care

Expect a better outcome when you or a loved one receive critical care at PIH Health. Trust us to consistently evaluate our performance to improve patient safety. We’re nationally recognized for record-low rates of:

  • Ventilator-associated pneumonia
  • Post-procedure complications
  • Infections, including central line infections

Conditions We Treat

Get high-quality treatment if you or a loved one need care for complex medical conditions such as:

  • Brain injury
  • Breathing that may require a ventilator
  • Cardiac conditions, such as heart attack or heart failure
  • Drug overdose
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Stroke

Treatment & Technology

Receive the best possible care at PIH Health. That’s because we offer comprehensive treatment and technology, including:

  • Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) – Cleans and filters blood continuously over 24 hours using a process similar to kidney dialysis
  • Intra-aortic balloon pump – Assists the heart by improving blood flow to the heart and levels of oxygen in the blood
  • Precise targeted temperature management devices, such as Arctic Sun®, for therapeutic hypothermia – Adjusts body temperature by circulating chilled water through pads on the skin; used to cool down your body after experiencing a life-threatening event to allow for better long-term results
  • RotoRest bed therapy – Rotates you to improve respiration and breathing
  • Ventilator Mobility Program (VMP) – Evaluates your health while on ventilators to get you up and walking as quickly as possible after an event to reduce the chances of disorientation and confusion and keep muscles from weakening.

Critical Care Experts

At PIH Health, you have access to a wide range of specialists who deliver treatment to fit your specific needs. Your care team may include:

  • Case managers – Coordinate your care throughout your stay in the critical care center and beyond
  • Chaplains – Offer spiritual care that respects your cultural values and spiritual traditions
  • Critical care intensivist physicians – Focus on your medical needs during your stay in the critical care center; these highly specialized doctors are available 24/7 and are board certified in pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine
  • Critical care registered nurses – Continually monitor your health for changes that need an immediate response
  • Physical therapists – Evaluate your ability to move and help improve your quality of life through physical activity
  • Registered dietitians – Evaluate nutritional needs, develop dietary goals, and provide guidance on how to optimize healing and recovery with nutrition
  • Respiratory therapists – Assist with optimizing lung (respiratory) function and create plans for ongoing care
  • Social workers – Provide counseling, crisis intervention and resources for you, your family and caregivers
  • Speech therapists – Check for issues with swallowing, speaking and communicating and offer advice for treatment

Continuous Care & Communication

Benefit from a group of experts working together to determine the best plan for your treatment. You and your family also will take part in conversations with your care team to make sure you receive the treatment you need now and in the future.