Intensive Care Units (ICU) provide high chances of survival for critically ill patients. Patients are admitted to the ICU in case of life-threatening situations like acute renal or liver failure, acute respiratory distress, cardiac failure, multiple organ failures, septic shock or coma. It plays a most crucial role in patients & multiple organ failure where more than one specialities are required to provide an integrated & comprehensive care. The continuum of critical care begins at the moment of illness or injury and continues throughout the patient’s hospitalization, treatment and subsequent recovery, discharge & follow up.
The ICUs at Manipal Hospitals cater to many specialities such as general surgery, gynaecology & obstetrics, dialysis & kidney transplants and accident & emergency care to name a few. The intensive care comprises of various forms of life support and organ-specific support care like mechanical ventilation, therapeutic hypothermia, chest tube, induced coma, use of vasoactive drugs and renal replacement therapy including CRRT.
The units are supervised by an inclusive team of full-time senior ICU specialists with extensive training and experience in critical care medicine. This highly professional team provides high-quality critical care to the patients in the ICU’s and also conduct regular quality audits and training sessions to maintain care that’s comparable with the best ICU’s in the world.
An intensivist (critical care specialist) is another name for a physician with special training who takes care of intensive care patients. Many physicians work in specialized areas, like a cardiologist for heart disease, nephrologist for kidney disease, etc.
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