Our Intensive care unit (ICU) is a specially equipped unit that provides highly specialized care to our patients who suffer from a serious injury or illness. A multidisciplinary team trained in care of critically ill or injured patients provides continuous observation and monitoring as well as specialized care.
Patients are admitted to the ICU from an emergency room, an operating room, another care area within the hospital or after being transferred from another hospital. There are no specific admissions criteria for our ICUs. Admission is based on one of our physicians finding that close observation or specialized monitoring is neccessary. Once close observation and monitoring are no longer required, the patient is discharged from the ICU to a regular hospital room. Because the level of care required of critically ill patients does not diminish during the night, our critical care unit is busy 24 hours a day.
ICU TeamThe care in the ICU is provided by a multidisplinary critical care team, which is composed of specially trained physicians, nurses, and other professionals. Each individual brings his or her particular expertise to the team.
Physicians:The critical care physician in attendance is fully trained in internal medicine, surgery or anaesthesiology. In addition, the physician has received one or more years of specialized training in all aspects of care of critically ill patients. The critical care physician in attendance supervises the care of all ICU patients. He or she constantly communicates with the other members of the critical care team as well as the primary admitting physician. The critical care physician attending may also consult with other physicians who are specialists in particular areas of medicine or surgery.
Nurses: Our critical care nurses have recieved specialized training in caring for critical care patients. The nurses provide around the clock bedside care and monitoring. They are in close contact with the physician in charge as well as other members of the team.
Respiratory Therapists : Respiratory Therapists are trained in monitoring the respiratory system and in handling any equipment required to assist in respiration. They monitor all aspects of respiration from oxygen delivered through a nasal cannula (tube with two short tubes that go into each nostril) to ventilators. They also administer any respiratory treatment used to improve a patient's respiratory status.