Temple’s critical care team provides care for patients with a wide variety of conditions, including:
- Hypoxia or hypercapnia: hypoxia is a term that refers to lower-than-normal concentrations of oxygen in the blood and organs. Hypercapnia is a buildup of carbon dioxide (the gas that we are supposed to breathe out) in the bloodstream, usually as a result of poor breathing.
- Shock: a life-threatening condition where the body does not have sufficient blood flow. Shock can be caused by heart problems, infections, allergic reactions, low blood volume or damage to the nervous system.
- Sepsis: a serious illness that results when the body has an overwhelming immune response to a bacterial infection.
- Heart failure: a condition where the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs, that can cause low blood pressure, which can lead to fluid buildup in the lungs, fluid buildup in the feet and legs, fatigue, and shortness of breath.
- Stroke: an interruption in blood flow to the brain, caused either by a clot in the blood vessels supplying the brain or by a hemorrhage.