Clinical Examples - Critical care services
An 85-year-old male patient is admitted to the intensive care unit following abdominal aortic aneurysm resection. Two days after surgery he requires fluids and pressors to maintain adequate perfusion and arterial pressures. He remains ventilator-dependent.
A 66-year-old female patient is 4 days status post mitral valve repair. She develops petechiae, hypotension, and hypoxia requiring respiratory and circulatory support.
A 72-year-old male admitted for right lower lobe pneumococcal pneumonia with a history of COPD becomes hypoxic and hypotensive 2 days after admission.
A 58-year-old admitted for an acute anterior wall myocardial infarction continues to have symptomatic ventricular tachycardia that is marginally responsive to antiarrhythmic therapy
Clinical Examples - Non Covered Critical care services
The Patients admitted to a critical care unit because no other hospital beds were available.
The Patients admitted to a critical care unit for close nursing observation and/or frequent monitoring of vital signs (e.g., drug toxicity or overdose).
The Patients admitted to a critical care unit because hospital rules require certain treatments (e.g., insulin infusions) to be administered in the critical care unit.
A dermatologist evaluates and treats a rash on an ICU patient who is maintained on a ventilator and nitroglycerine infusion that is being managed by an intensivist. The dermatologist should not report service for critical care.