Intensive care

A specialist in intensive care medicine is found in the intensive care or trauma unit with accountability for treating the sickest of patients with all conditions who are critically ill and require high dependency care. They lead a highly skilled multi-disciplinary team who provide specialist care, collaborate and facilitate the provision of evidence-based outcomes.

Intensive care specialists or intensivists are highly trained clinicians with specialist training and skills in life support and organ support systems, they treat a range of patients suffering from 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 can provide an expert opinion on a range of conditions including:

  • Sepsis & necrotising fasciitis
  • Hospital Acquired Infection
  • Intensive Care Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Resuscitation
  • Early Warning Scores – MEWS & NEWS
  • Delayed/Inadequate Treatment
  • Medical Emergency Teams
  • Clinical management of the deteriorating patient
  • 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

Our intensive care expert

Dr Chris Danbury is a Consultant Intensive Care Physician with almost 30 years’ experience as a doctor. Dr Danbury is an experienced expert witness and has been instructed in cases reaching the High Court, Court of Protection, Coroner’s Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He has extensive experience of giving oral evidence in Court, including ‘hot-tubbing’. He is regularly called upon as an expert in medical negligence cases involving deteriorating patients, treatment of critically ill patients with life-threatening single and multiple organ failure, Sepsis, Hospital Acquired Infections and a range of other complex clinical conditions.