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Dr. Pamela M. Cipriano, DNP, ACNP-BC

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returns 09/09/2017

My name is Dr. Cipriano. I am able to answer questions regarding critical care issues including the cardiac system, pulmonary system, gastrointestinal system, gallbladder, small bowel obstructions, crohn's disease, diverticulitis, general abdominal surgery, ventilator management, ARDS, dehydration, heart failure, kidney failure, shock. pneumona, surgical complications, disease process.

Experience in the area

I am a Hospitalist at a local hospital and in the emergency department. I am on the Medical Staff. I round, admit, discharge, consult and assist with surgeries in the OR. I manage patients in the ICU and Med/Surg floors.


Society of Hospital Medicine American College of Nurse Practitioners Connecticut Advance Practice Nurse Society


Maryville University 2014-2016 Doctor of Nursing Practice University of Connecticut 2007-2011 MSN, Acute Care Track Nurse Practitioner. Board Certified September 2011 Central Connecticut State University 2002-2006 BA Psychology St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing 1991-1993 Diploma Nursing Registered Nurse

Awards and Honors

Golden Key Honor Society; Merit Award Recipient; Scholarship Recipient

Past/Present Clients

Trained at Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT - Open Heart Cardiac Intensive Care Post Anesthesia Care Unit & Radiology Internship Interned at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas Trained at St. Mary's Hospital, Waterbury, CT - emergency Department & Hospitalist Program

What do you like about this subject?

The body is an incredible machine. If it is well taken care, tuned up frequently, well nourished, kept healthy, it will return to a state of health under the most challenging conditions.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

My greatest achievement would be to get the point across that "How one treats their body when they are young, is how it will treat them as they age."

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Smoking cigarettes weakens and deteriorates all body tissue, including muscles. Excessive alcohol intake causes a host of problems incuding brain damage, liver failure, diabetes, circulatory abnormalities. Bladder cancer is the #2 cancer due to smoking cigarettes Lung cancer is #1. Holding on to anger is the surest way to heart disease. Smiling is the best revenge!

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

People in general do not believe medical professionals regarding health risks of obesity and smoking. When we are performing surgery, we do not need to know the person's smoking history or dietary habits to know how they are living their life. Your body talks to us. And it isn't happy....

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Recent Answers from Dr. Pamela M. Cipriano, DNP, ACNP-BC

2016-03-09 death from infection:

Dear Lee,     I am very sorry for your loss. Your friend became septic. Sepsis occurs when the infection gets out of control. It is considered a distributive shock, which means all the vessels dilate.

2014-08-10 removal of trache:

Dear Tamela,    There is a reason that the surgeon is refusing to take it out. Ask for a family meeting to include your brother, yourself, and the surgeon. Find out what the concerns are, and then discuss

2014-06-16 Mental status after extended stay in ICU:

Dear Shirley,    ICU psychosis is a real disorder secondary to a prolonged stay in the intensive care unit. Critical care is required 24 hours a day seven days a week; therefore there is no day or night

2014-06-16 3 time COPD patient on ventillor:

Dear Jack,    I am so sorry to hear about your wife. Due to the required nursing care, I cannot be certain she can go home. She may need a tracheostomy for her to be able to maintain an airway without

2013-12-21 ICU Care:

Dear Violet,    From your description, it sounds like he is on a step down unit. It must be a large medical center. A step down unit is for patients who still need life support, but are no longer in the


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