Critical care or Intensive care is a crucial medical specialty caring for patients who are critically ill. They may require support for instability (hypertension/hypotension), airway or respiratory compromise (ventilator support), acute renal failure, cardiac arrhythmias, or the cumulative effects of multiple organ failure, more commonly referred to now as multiple organ dysfunction syndrome. Patients needing intensive/invasive monitoring, such as in the crucial hours after major surgery or patients who are considered too unstable to transfer to a less intensively monitored unit may also be placed in the intensive care units.
The Critical Care units at the Sharada Narayan hospital is a combination of many specialties and technologies, offering the possibility of survival to patients who are acutely and critically ill. Our ICUS are designed and managed based on the fact that methodical organisation of Critical Care services influences important overall outcome measures such as mortality, length of stay and infection rates. There are multidisciplinary ICUS as well as ICUS dedicated to post cardiac surgery patients, stroke patients, post-transplant patients, as well as special ICUs for neonates and pediatric cases.
A lot of emphasis is also placed on areas like nurses’ training, standardizing care through clinical pathways and the identification of ethical and economic issues pertaining to Critical Care.