Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU)

The Mount Sinai Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of critical care specialists who have extensive experience managing critically ill patients in a high-risk, fast-paced environment. Our team of intensivists (doctors who treat intensive care patients), is available to treat patients in either an out-patient or in-patient setting. The team of intensivists includes surgeons, nurses, rehabilitation therapists, nutritionists, social workers, and others, to ensure our patients receive well-rounded, complete care.

The SICU team specializes in managing various critical care situations. The SICU Rapid Response Team brings critical care expertise to the patient’s bedside which improves outcomes for patients. Our Dialysis team helps critically ill patients who require blood purification by providing gentle, continuous blood-cleansing around the clock.

A main component of the Mount Sinai SICU is the Central Venous Access Service which is responsible for placing central venous catheters in patients outside of the Intensive Care Units. Ours was one of the first critical care units in the country to routinely use ultrasound for the insertion of central venous access catheters and arterial line placement. This has increased patient comfort and reduced complications associated with these procedures for the critically-ill.

The SICU is just one component of the Mount Sinai Institute for Critical Care Medicine (ICCM), a newly developed program comprised of specialists from anesthesiology, internal medicine, neurology, cardiac surgery, and others with the highest levels of training in critical care medicine. Learn more here.