Emergency Medicine Critical Care, ED Intensivists, and ED Intensive Care Units (EDICUs)

This page serves as a repository of resources for setting up an ED Intensive Care Unit (EDICU).

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Emergency Medicine Critical Care (EMCC) is a subspecialty of emergency medicine dealing with the care of the critically ill both in the ED and in the rest of the hospital.

An Emergency Physician Intensivist (EPI) is a physician who has completed a residency in emergency medicine and a fellowship in critical care.

Emergency Department Critical Care (EDCC) is EMCC practiced specifically in the Emergency Department.

An Emergency Department Intensivist (EDI) is an EPI who practices ED critical care as a portion of their clinical time.

An Emergency Department Intensive Care Unit (ED-ICU) is a unit within an ED with the same or similar staffing, monitoring, and capability for therapies as an ICU.

Additional Literature Since the Publication

Critical Care Admissions have been increasing each year as has the amount of care needed in the ED (Crit Care Med 2013;41:1197)

The provision of critical care in emergency departments at Canada. (J Emerg Trauma Shock. 2011 Oct;4(4):488-93.)

Orientation Videos for the Resuscitation and Acute Critical Care Unit (RACC) at Elmhurst Hospital Center

RACC Orientation

Examples of ED Intensivist Roles and EDICUS:

Here is a variety of different practice models of ED Intensivists.

ICU without Walls Editorial from a Decade Ago

Current Opinion in Critical Care 2002, 8:594–599

United States EDICUs

Henry Ford

Stony Brook RACC

Elmhurst Hospital Center RACC

University of Michigan EC3 and Fellowship

International EDICUs


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