We found 4 critical care specialists who accept BlueSelect Essential 1452 near Largo, FL.

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Dr. Tammy Linh Nguyen Ferro, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
12199 Indian Rocks Road; Suite 2
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Tammy Ferro's specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. She practices in Largo, FL. Dr. Ferro attended Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix for residency. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ferro (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. Her professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Jay Harlan Epstein, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Critical Care
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 210
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Jay Epstein's specialties are anesthesiology and critical care (intensive care medicine). He practices in Clearwater, FL. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. After completing medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Epstein's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Matthew H Smith, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Matthew Smith is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in lung problems. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic. Dr. Smith graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith takes.

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Clinical interests: Lung Problems

Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Christina Rigas is a critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist. She has indicated that her clinical interests include sleep disorders, intensive care, and bronchoscopy. She is an in-network provider for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rigas studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Rigas trained at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University for residency. Her professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Disorders, Bronchoscopy, Lung Problems, Intensive Care

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What is Critical Care?

Critical care, or intensive care medicine, is the delivery of medical care to patients whose illness or injury is so seriously life threatening that they would likely die without intervention. It usually takes place in ICUs or trauma centers. It is referred to as critical care in North America, while it is called intensive care or intensive therapy in the rest of the world. Specialists in this field are sometimes referred to as intensivists.

Critical care may encompass a broad variety of medical specialties in the efforts to save a patient’s life. Critical care specialists must have a good knowledge of anesthesiology, surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, and other specialties. Besides their medical knowledge, intensivists must know a great deal about end-of-life issues, including ethics, advanced directives, and family counseling and bereavement.

Critical care is a relatively modern specialty, which developed along with ICUs beginning in the 1950’s. It looks different from regular medicine, and it can be recognized by the presence of more nurses, more monitoring, more invasive monitors and procedures, and the presence of life-sustaining therapies such as mechanical ventilators and vasopressors.

Specialists in critical care frequently have to make urgent and complex decisions. They use their knowledge and skill to provide intensive care to the most fragile patients and do their best to save lives.
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