The EC3 includes five resuscitation/trauma bays.

Emergency Critical Care Center now open

A hub for the most critical emergency patients

issue 23 | spring 2015

For decades, physicians around Michigan and beyond have sent the most critically ill and injured adults to the U-M emergency department. With the opening of the new 7,800-square-foot Emergency Critical Care Center (EC3) such patients can now receive higher-level care throughout the first crucial hours.

Among the first of its kind in the nation, the EC3 ensures patients a smoother transition to the next phase of care, whether that be in an operating room or an intensive care unit. It may even allow some patients to avoid ICU-level hospitalization altogether — an important goal given the high demand for U-M ICU care.

The EC3 includes five resuscitation/trauma bays and nine patient rooms with an ICU-level environment for initial care. Designed in partnership with UMHS critical care medical directors and the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care, the EC3 makes it easier for teams to test new diagnostics, devices, monitoring equipment and treatment strategies. It also serves as the training ground for a new breed of emergency critical care physicians.

Kyle Gunnerson, M.D., the U-M emergency physician and critical care specialist leading the EC3, says, "We have a window of a few minutes to a few hours to diagnose and treat these patients, so having a cutting-edge ICU infrastructure with critical care expertise in the ED preserves precious time and perhaps shortens overall hospital or ICU stays. As we seek to push this type of care forward through innovative approaches and technologies, the EC3 will act as a test bed of new ideas."