A specialist in intensive care medicine is usually found in the intensive care or trauma unit with accountability for patients who are critically ill and require high dependency care.  Intensive care specialists or intensivists are highly trained clinicians with specialist training and skills in life support and organ support systems for patients who are critically ill.  They treat a range of patients suffering from a number of life-threatening conditions, including cardiac arrhythmias, respiratory or airway difficulties, acute renal or multiple organ failure, and hypertension/hypotension instability. 

From a medicolegal perspective, an intensivist could provide an expert opinion on:  

  • Sepsis 
  • Heart failure
  • Enhanced post operative care
  • Deteriorating adult patient
  • Upper GI surgery
  • Intensive Care Medicine 
  • Critical Care 
  • Resuscitation 
  • Early Warning Scores 
  • Recognition of severe illness 
  • Medical Emergency Teams 
  • Anaesthesia 
  • Mechanical Ventilation 
  • Trauma 
  • End of Life 
  • Spinal/nerve block 
  • Meningitis 
  • Encephalitis 
  • Air Embolism 
  • Central/Arterial Line 
  • Acute Kidney Disorders 
  • Intravenous Fluids 
  • Hospital Acquired Infection 
  • Pulmonary Embolus 
  • Lumbar Punctures 
  • Pressure Sores 
  • Infection Control 
  • Delayed/Inadequate Treatment  

Our intensive care expert

A Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia, Dr Martin Stotz MD has worked for Imperial College NHS Trust since 2006.  He is a medical specialist trained to be proficient in the comprehensive clinical management of critically ill patients as the leader of a multi-disciplinary team at St Mary’s Hospital, a major trauma centre in London.