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

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

Dr. Matthew Smith's medical specialty is adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Smith trained at Jefferson University Hospitals. Clinical interests for Dr. Smith include lung problems. Dr. Smith has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Clinical interests: Lung Problems

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

Dr. Christina Rigas specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. These areas are among her clinical interests: sleep disorders, intensive care, and bronchoscopy. Dr. Rigas is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic. She is an in-network provider for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University, Dr. Rigas attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine.

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

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

Dr. Jay Epstein is an anesthesiologist and intensivist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Epstein attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Epstein's professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

Dr. Tammy Ferro is a physician who specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Before completing her residency at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, Dr. Ferro attended medical school at Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ferro honors. Dr. Ferro (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. Dr. Ferro is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital.

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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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