Intensive care units (ICUs) are specialized hospital wards. They provide intensive care (treatment and monitoring) for people in a critically ill or unstable condition.
A person in an ICU needs constant medical attention and support to keep their body functioning. They may be unable to breathe on their own and have multiple organ failure. Medical equipment will take the place of these functions while the person recovers.
Our department of Critical Care offers sophisticated and compassionate health care to critically ill patients with a professional approach. The ICU is a 22 bedded unit providing acute care for critically ill medical patients. Our staff is multidisciplinary and highly collaborative and supportive, which helps in achieving the best patient outcome possible. Our performance in patient care is comparable with international standards in terms of survival, nosocomial infections and patient satisfaction.
Our state-of-the-art Multidisciplinary Intensive Care Units have separate cubicle for each patient providing maximum patient comfort and privacy. We allow one relative per patient inside of ICUs at all times who can accompany the patient and monitor patient care.
There are several circumstances where a person may be admitted to an ICU. These include after surgery, or following an accident or severe illness. ICU beds are a very expensive and limited resource because they provide:
Some ICUs are attached to areas that treat specific conditions. Others specialise in the care of certain groups of people. For example, an ICU can specialise in:
An ICU can be a daunting environment for both the patient and their family and friends. ICU staff understand this and are there to help the person being cared for and offer support to their family. Patients in ICUs are often prescribed painkillers and medication that can make them drowsy (sedatives). This is because some of the equipment used can be very uncomfortable.
A series of tubes, wires and cables connect the patient to this equipment, which may look alarming at first.
Once a person is able to breathe unaided, they no longer need to be in intensive care and can be transferred to a different ward to continue their recovery.
The time it takes to recover varies greatly from person to person. It also depends on things such as age, level of health and fitness, as well as how severe the condition is.