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Critical Care Medicine

Department highlights

Critical care at Mata Chanan Devi Hospital integrates many specialties and diverse technologies, offering the possibility of survival to patients who are critically ill and in urgent need of advanced monitoring and intensive treatments of an Intensive Care Units (ICU). This is carried out with precision and coordination of a multidisciplinary team in ICU’s with unwavering commitment and teamwork.

Introduction

Intensive care medicine or critical care medicine is a branch of medicine concerned with the provision of life support in patients who are critically ill and require intensive monitoring. The provision of intensive care is generally administered in a specialized unit of a hospital called the intensive care unit (ICU). Patients requiring intensive care may require support for hemodynamic instability (hypertension/hypotension), airway or respiratory compromise (such as ventilator support), acute renal failure, potentially lethal cardiac arrhythmias, or the cumulative effects of multiple organ system failure. They may also be admitted for intensive/invasive monitoring, such as the crucial hours after major surgery when deemed too unstable to transfer to a less intensively monitored unit. It is generally the most expensive, technologically advanced and resource-intensive area of medical care.

Services and Treatments offered

Intensive care usually takes a system by system (such as cardiovascular system, central nervous system, renal, gastrointestinal etc) approach to treatment. As well as the key systems, intensive care treatment also raises other issues including psychological health, pressure points, mobilization and physiotherapy, and secondary infections.

Our Critical care team provides a full spectrum of medical, cardiac, surgical and trauma critical care services to the sickest of the patients. The intensivists are highly skilled and specialized in diverse specialties of medicine and surgery. The nursing care is focused to meet the psychological, physical and emotional needs of the patient.

ICU has 18 Beds and Neuro ICU has 6 Beds and each bed has state-of-the-art technology that enables staff to monitor patient's vital signs continually. All invasive and minor surgical procedures are done at the bed side. Facilities exist for bedside Dialysis, Bronchoscopy, Endoscopy, Echocardiography, Ultrasonography etc. Trained intensivists are present in the ICU round the clock.

A lot of emphasis is also placed on areas like nurses training, standardizing care through clinical pathways, identification of ethical and economic issues pertaining to Critical Care, managing the in-hospital environment, infection control and end of life care.