Division and Department

Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine

A Greeting from the Professor

The department of emergency and critical care medicine, Akita Graduate School of Medicine, was founded in 1995. Emergency medicine is the starting point of the healthcare system. On the other hand, the idea of critical care harks back to the work of Florence Nightingale, who developed the intensive care unit system during the Crimean War in the 17th century. However, both emergency medicine and critical care medicine are comparatively new as research areas of medical science.

In these two areas, the construction of the healthcare delivery system is more important than basic medical research in improving the level of care for critically ill patients. Therefore, we aim at the betterment of emergency and disaster medical system in the region. To achieve this for the emergency medical service system, we are constructing an outcome database of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and severe trauma cases, as an activity of the prefecture's “medical control conference. We promote training for instructors with a cardiac resuscitation and trauma simulation course. We are also developing a new “off the job training program.

Important tools of critical care medicine are artificial organ support, such as mechanical ventilation and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). Our research themes concern the development of new organ support methods. Another mission of ours is the speedy and efficient dissemination of strong evidence on, and general information about, critical care medicine in order to improve its quality and also patient safety.


Associate Professor:
Hajime NAKAE, M.D. & Ph.D.

Research Areas

The main activities of the Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine are as follows:

  1. Construction of emergency of medical service systems
  2. Dissemination of and training for cardio-pulmonary resuscitation
  3. Clinical and laboratory research in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation
  4. International disaster relief
  5. Traumatology
  6. Blood purification
  7. Ventilator-ology
  8. Mass-casualty management and disaster medicine
  9. Clinical and laboratory research on burns and sepsis
  10. Clinical and laboratory research on cardiotonic drugs in critical settings

Contact Information

Associate Professor Hajime NAKAE
Phone: +81-18-884-6185
Fax: +81-18-884-6450