The Intensive Care Unit at PSG Hospital is a 21-bedded specialized section that provides comprehensive and continuous care for persons who are critically ill. Qualified healthcare professionals or Intensivists who work in the ICU provide round-the-clock intensive monitoring and treatment of critically ill patients seven days a week.
ICU care at PSG constitutes a multidisciplinary team that including intensivists (clinicians who specialize in critical illness care); pharmacists and nurses; respiratory care therapists; and other medical consultants from specialties including surgery, medicine, gastroenterology, neurology, nephrology and endocrinology.
While the intensivist provides treatment management, diagnosis, interventions, and individualized care for each patient recovering from severe illness, the qualified dieticians and the nutritionists take care of the dietary services so as to keep the patient from any nutritional deficiencies. The ICU also has qualified physiotherapists who are available 24 hours for the benefit of the patients.
Utmost care is given to patients with diseases and disorders that are regarded as medical justification for admission to an ICU. These categories include disorders of the cardiac, renal, nervous, pulmonary, and endocrine (hormonal) systems. Besides critical care is ensured for the patients who have undergone hepatobiliary surgery, liver transplants.
The 21 high end ventilator (maquet ) helps ventilate patients with all type of diseases. The mechanical ventilator assists the patient’s breathing, depending on the needs of the patient. For patients who need the greatest amount of assistance, the ventilator fully controls the volume and duration of breath throughout the respiration cycle.
The patients have access to 24 hour dialysis in ICU itself and each bed has high-end multipara monitors to monitor patients. Patients are given 24-hour assessments by the intensivist. Preparatory orders for the ICU generally vary from patient to patient since treatment is individualized. Well-coordinated care at the critical care unit includes prompt consultation with other specialists soon after the patient is admitted to the ICU. The patient is connected to monitors that record his/ her vital signs (pulse, blood pressure, and breathing rate).
The central monitoring system also enables monitoring of all patients from one place. The Unit has dedicated USG machine and defibrillators. Nursing care also plays an important role in the intensive care unit. The nurse’s role usually includes clinical assessment, diagnosis, and an individualized plan of expected treatment outcomes for each patient. The ICU has qualified staff nurses to take care the patient round the clock.
The unit runs one year and two years of IDCCM fellowship program for post MD (ANAESTHESIA), MD (internal medicine), MD (chest diseases), DA, DTCD candidates. Unit also runs a one year nursing fellowship in critical care for nurses.
Strict infection control protocols practiced at the ICU ensures cent percent sterility. Facilities for isolating critically ill patient with contagious diseases are also available here. The ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) facility facilitates easy breathing for patients with severe lung disease struggling to maintain oxygen level which is present in the hospital. The ICU also has respiratory care therapists with specialized training in cardiorespiratory (heart and lung) care.