Surgical Intensive Care Unit

The multiple intensive care units at Yale-New Haven Hospital have neonatal, pediatric and adult medical and surgical beds as well as neuroscience, cardiac and cardiothoracic units. Anesthesiology residents rotate in the adult surgical ICU, with elective time available in the other units. We have 10 Anesthesiology faculty members board-certified in critical care medicine.

The Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) provides perioperative and general critical care for patients on the adult surgical services (excluding the cardiothoracic service). The SICU service covers a 14-bed general surgical ICU, a nine-bed intermediate care unit and frequent overflow patients in the adjacent neurosurgical care unit.

The critical care team is directed by anesthesiology and surgical faculty from the Section of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care as well as anesthesiology and surgery critical care fellows. The team includes Anesthesiology, Surgery and Emergency Medicine residents along with medical students, dieticians, pharmacists, social workers and nurses.


There are extensive daily teaching rounds, formal daily and weekly teaching sessions and frequent morbidity and mortality, quality-assurance and ethics conferences. Anesthesiology residents take two one-month rotations in the SICU to fulfill their required exposure to critical care.