The Division of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine is to dedicated to the prevention and treatment of respiratory diseases, and through our clinical, educational, and research missions, we hope to achieve these goals.
The clinical mission of our Division is to provide comprehensive diagnosis and management for a broad range of respiratory diseases, to offer outstanding clinical care for patients with respiratory disorders, and to serve as a resource to regional physicians who share in the care of patients with respiratory diseases. We offer comprehensive outpatient services on the UTMB main campus and the Texas mainland. Our two sleep laboratories are located on the main campus, with another convenient center in Clear Lake. Our inpatient services include pulmonary consultations, and critical care services delivered in our medical and surgical intensive care units (ICUs).
We offer broad based expertise in respiratory diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD; emphysema and chronic bronchitis), lung cancer, lung infections, pulmonary fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension. Diagnostic services include a comprehensive pulmonary function laboratory, including exercise capability, a modern and well-equipped suite for flexible bronchoscopy, and two sleep laboratories.
The educational mission of our Division includes Accreditation Council for Graduate MedicalEducation (ACGME)-accredited fellowship programs and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine), medical student teaching, internal medicine resident instruction, and a commitment to the continuing medical education (CME) of our regional physician partners.
The research mission of the Division of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine is to develop new knowledge in fields related to respiratory diseases that will improve quality of care and healthcare outcomes.
The department of internal medicine is developing evidence based clinical protocols which will be available in EPIC (as order sets) for use when admitting patients with these diagnoses. Their AIM is to standardize care and decrease length of stay and readmission rates.Currently available protocols are:
- CAP - Community Acquired Pneumonia Order set
- Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Diabetic Ketoacidosis Adult, ICU
- General Medicine Admission
- Immunodeficiency Flow Panel
- MICU/CCU Admission Order Set
- Oral Analgesic Medications
- Parenteral Opioids
- Sepsis, Adult ICU
- 111 - Stroke Alert
- 112 - Stroke Activation
- 300086 - Stroke Floor Admission
- 3000000001 - Stroke Critical care without tPA
- 300088 Stroke - Transfer from Critical care to floor
- 3004002 - Stroke Discharge
All protocols can be found in the EPIC order set section.
The department of Internal Medicine has a large role in the Meaningful Use Initiative. Our participation is key for the success of the initiative. Please visit the meaningful use website for important communication and updates from the Meaningful Use Initiative.