The Department of Anesthesiology initiated the Surgical Intensive Care Service at the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University in 1979 and has been an integral part since then. The program currently has an active fellowship program. Critical services are provided in both the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital.
With multiple level I and II traumas daily, there are three services: Scarlet, Gray, and Neurointensive Care. These services provide every modality for the care of 44 surgical critically ill patients. OSUMC was approved in July 2009 as one of the best trauma programs nationwide by the American College of Surgeons.
Critical care services are provided to patients on the Open Heart Surgery Services as well as consultative critical care services to patients on vascular and medicine cardiology services. Care involves multidisciplinary management of complex patients, including solid organ transplantation, complex aortic and cardiac surgery, and mechanical circulatory support with both ventricular assist devices and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for respiratory and cardiac failure.