Respiratory and Critical Care

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine services at Yale New Haven Hospital are nationally and internationally recognized for providing advanced care for patients. Our medical teams offer inpatient and outpatient services to diagnose and treat a wide range of respiratory diseases and disorders, including asthma, lung cancer, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, COPD, pulmonary vascular disease, tuberculosis and sleep-disordered breathing.

We provide inpatient Critical Care Services in our adult intensive care units (ICUs), which offer specialized care, treatment and monitoring of critically ill patients.

The Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) offers specialized care, treatment and monitoring of critically ill adult patients admitted with life-threatening disorders such as septic shock, acute respiratory distress syndrome, fulminant liver failure and multi-organ failure. The clinical condition of these patients requires physician expertise and specialized nursing and technology. The MICU is located on two floors of the North Pavilion, providing 40 MICU beds alongside 16 step-down beds.

 At the Neurosurgical ICU (NICU), a team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, medical intensivists and  staff members care for patients who have suffered stroke, traumatic brain and spine injury, subarachnoid hemorrhage, aneurysm, autoimmune and movement disorders (Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, Gullian-Barre, etc.) and neurological disorders.

New procedure helps asthmatics breathe

Doctors at the Yale Center for Asthma and Airways Disease (YCAAD) are offering a new treatment that shows promise for moderate to severe asthma. Bronchial thermoplasty uses radiofrequency energy to gently heat the airways and decrease the tissue in the lungs that is responsible for bronchoconstriction and asthma attacks.

Learn more about bronchial thermoplasty for asthmatics

Pulmonary and Critical Care Services

Inpatient Services

We provide inpatient Critical Care Services in our adult intensive care units (ICUs), which offer specialized care, treatment and monitoring of critically ill patients.

The Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) — regarded as one of the region's elite ICUs — cares for patients admitted with a wide variety of medical problems. The MICU offers specialized care, treatment and monitoring of critically ill adult patients admitted with a wide range of life-threatening disorders, such as septic shock, acute respiratory distress syndrome, fulminant liver failure and multi-organ failure. The clinical condition of these patients necessitates physician expertise and specialized nursing and technology found at Yale New Haven's MICU.

The MICU is located in a state-of-the-art facility on two floors of the new North Pavilion, providing 40 MICU beds alongside 16 step-down beds.

At the Neurosurgical ICU (NICU), a team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, medical intensivists and highly trained staff members care for patients who have suffered stroke, traumatic brain and spine injury, subarachnoid hemorrhage, aneurysm, autoimmune and movement disorders (Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, Gullian-Barre, etc.) and neurological disorders. Patients in the unit are closely monitored for subtle neurological changes. The unit actively participates in stroke and brain tumor research. We also offer consultation to medical staff at other intensive care units.

Research

In addition to patient care, the Yale New Haven Pulmonary and Critical Care Program is home to a rich tapestry of basic, clinical and translational research activities. Research faculty are all successful investigators in their own right, but also cooperate closely with their peers in both basic and clinical departments to pursue interdisciplinary projects.

The Program has a wide and varied research portfolio that extends from basic bench-focused studies of disease pathogenesis and target gene validation to human-based studies of clinical issues such as asthma, COPD, ILD, acute lung injury and pulmonary vascular disease. A unifying theme among the bench-focused investigators is the desire to elucidate the cellular and molecular events involved in lung injury and repair. The result has been an intense focus on immunology and molecular biology and the development of scientific approaches that are now used throughout the world.

Learn more about pulmonary & critical care medicine clinical research initiatives

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Among the best in the U.S.

Yale New Haven Hospital has been named as one of the top hospitals in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual "Best Hospitals" rankings. Yale New Haven ranked among the very best in the nation in 11 medical specialties, including pulmonology, which ranked #12.

Read more about the Best Hospitals rankings