Critical Care

UCSF provides critical care services for neonatal, pediatric and adult patients at each of its three medical campuses, and emergency services at Parnassus and Mission Bay.

Inpatient critical care services at Mission Bay and Parnassus include Cardiac, Neurologic, Medical Surgical, and Neonatal intensive care units. These units provide care for patients undergoing cardiac surgery, organ transplantation, thoracic surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgical surgery, general surgery, or patients requiring complex medical management.

UCSF critical care nurses are ACLS certified, and provide critical care therapies such as mechanical ventilation, hemodynamic monitoring, invasive line monitoring, and management of vasoactive drugs. Many critical care nurses hold critical care specialty certifications, and maintain a variety of advanced competencies such as comprehensive stroke management, extra-corporeal life support, continuous renal replacement therapy, left ventricular assist devices, prostacyclin therapies, and organ transplantation etc. Critical Care nurses participate in a variety of councils to improve patient care, further nursing practice and research, the professional development of their staff, as well as support the diverse needs of our patient populations and their families.