The Center of Excellence in Critical and Complex Care engages in transdisciplinary research, education, practice, and clinical scholarship that fosters the highest quality of care for adults with serious and often life-altering physical, cognitive and psychosocial threats to health and well-being. Congruent with the mission of the college we aim to Dream, Discover and Deliver a healthier world, by generating new knowledge, disseminating findings, and rapidly translating research into practice.
• complex illness as multiple co-existing health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, pulmonary disease, diabetes, and depression. This definition includes the assessment, prevention and non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic regimens for chronic health problems and symptom management that involve complicated instructions, steps or procedures, and prevention and management of late and/or long-term effects of treatment.
• critical illness as an acute, life-threatening event requiring emergency treatment and/or admission to an intensive care unit. Our definition also encompasses prolonged or “chronic” critical illness and aftercare.