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Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
12199 Indian Rocks Road; Suite 2
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Tammy Ferro, who practices in Largo, FL, is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. After attending Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Phoenix VA Health Care System and Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ferro include collapsed lung (pneumothorax), shortness of breath (dyspnea), and asthma. Dr. Ferro is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Ferro (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. Dr. Ferro is professionally affiliated with Northside Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Mechanical Ventilation, Sleep Apnea, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Pulmonary Embolism, Chronic ... (Read more)

Dr. Berc Sarafian M.D.
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
1920 W Bay Drive; Suite 6
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Berc Sarafian's specialties are critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. Dr. Sarafian studied medicine at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). These areas are among his clinical interests: alcohol abuse, trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sarafian (or staff) speaks Spanish and Armenian. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Clinical interests: Alcohol Abuse, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Trigger Point ... (Read more)

Matthew H. Smith M.D.
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
average rating 3.62 stars (6 ratings)
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Matthew Smith is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist. Dr. Smith's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Smith is affiliated with Diagnostic Clinic.

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Dr. Jay H. Epstein MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Critical Care
average rating 5 stars (2 ratings)
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 210
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Jay Epstein is an anesthesiologist and critical care specialist in Clearwater, FL and Tampa, FL. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Epstein attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Epstein is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Christina E. Rigas MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Christina Rigas is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Rigas studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University for residency. She is affiliated with Diagnostic Clinic.

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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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