All the staff working on this unit are dedicated to provide quality healthcare services. We provide care in such a way to respect the dignity, privacy and confidentiality of each patient and his/her family. We aim to treat each patient as an individual and act as the patient’s advocate, in conjunction with family and other significants.
At Intensive Care Unit of Winner Health Care, we ensure the cover of Consultants from all specialties, Post Graduate Trainees, Medical Officers, Intensive care trained Nurses, Caregivers and dedicated support staff. The ICU is equipped with multiple parameter patient monitors, Infusion Pumps, Ventilators, C-Pap, Central Oxygen and Air Supply, Suction, Defibulators, ECG, Portable X-Rays, Portable Ultrasound and Doppler facility, ABG’s and other laboratory based test facility on Urgent basis. The Intensive Care Unit maintains a supply of medicines and other essential supplies. All life saving gadgets are connected to UPS and backed up by Backup power generators.
Admission to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
A patient whose condition is extremely serious, possibly life-threatening, is often taken to an Intensive Care Unit which provides constant observation and treatment from specially trained staff qualified to use specialized equipment. Some admissions to the Intensive Care Unit are planned, usually after major surgery or in order for special treatments to be performed. In such cases it may be possible to visit the unit beforehand. This can help you and your relative or friend by showing you the environment of an Intensive Care Unit in advance. However, most admissions are done in emergency conditions. This unit is a combined ICU and High Dependency Unit (HDU). HDUs are for patients who require less monitoring or treatment than is normally provided in an ICU. Due to clinical need, men and women are nursed next to each other on the unit the staff will endeavour to maintain your relative’s or friend’s dignity at all times. When your relative or friend is discharged they will either go to a private room or ward.
Technology in the Intensive Care Unit
The Intensive Care Unit uses machines which can look frightening when seen for the first time. These machines help us to monitor and support a patient’s normal body functions. Each patient is attached to a machine called a cardiac monitor. Small, sticky pads are placed on the patient’s chest and are connected to a machine. The machine picks up electrical impulses from a patient’s heart and can detect any abnormalities. The monitor can also show a patient’s blood pressure and temperature. It is normal for the numbers on the monitor to keep changing.
A patient who is not strong enough to breathe on their own will be connected to a ventilator (breathing machine). This is attached to a tube passing through the nose or mouth into the windpipe. The tube, which is known as an EndoTracheal Tube (ETT), is connected to a machine that blows air and extra oxygen in and out of the lungs. The machine can ‘breathe’ completely for a patient or it can be set to assist a patient’s own breathing. A patient can be gradually weaned off a ventilator when his condition improves.
If a patient is likely to remain on a ventilator for more than a few days, the EndoTracheal Tube (ETT) is sometimes replaced with a tracheostomy. In this case an operation is carried out to insert a tube into a hole made in the throat. Although this can look quite strange, it is actually more comfortable for the patient than having a tube in their mouth. Please remember that, although unable to speak, your relative or friend may be able to hear you. By all means do talk to them, but questions should be put so that they can be answered with a nod or shake of their head.
Patients are often attached to drips or infusions. These allow liquids to be passed through tubes into veins, usually in the side of the neck, arm or hand. There are various substances commonly used in drips. Fluids can be used for various reasons including re-hydration and maintenance of blood pressure. A pump is attached to the drip to administer the drugs at the correct rate. Food in the form of liquid containing essential nutrients can be given either through the nose via a tube which goes down into the stomach, or by using a drip. Your relative or friend will have a urinary catheter in order to empty their bladder. We measure the urine every hour so that we can assess how the kidneys are working. Many of the machines have alarms and flashing lights. They go off quite often for a variety of reasons. The ICU staff in attendance shall be monitoring these very closely.