Intensive Care Unit
When Intensive Care is needed?
here 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:
- nervous disorders
- heart conditions
- babies (neonatal intensive care, NIC) – for example, for babies born with serious conditions, such as heart defects, or if there is a complication during birth
- children (pediatric intensive care, PIC) – for children under 16 years of age
What to expect?
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.
- Multiparameter Monitoring
- Invasive Cardiac Monitoring
- Dailysis facility at every ICU bed
- Bedside Imaging (X-ray, Sonography & 2D Echo)
- Better connectivity to Operation Theatres & Cath Lab
- Electronically adjustable patient beds to facilitate patient position & movement
- Bedside Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy
- Advanced ventilatory support equipments
- Advanced NIV machines & transport monitors availability