The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is “a service for patients with potentially recoverable diseases who can benefit from more detailed observation and treatment than is generally available in standard wards and departments.” The ICU is therefore a designated area within the hospital that is dedicated for patients who are seriously ill.
Patients who come to ICU display a dysfunction or acute failure in one or more vital organs such as respiratory, cardiac/circulatory systems, kidneys and liver. The goal is to return these organ functions to baseline level.
To help, ICU has more advanced equipment to monitor vital functions and to follow up on improvement. Some of the equipment is invasive with tubes and lines in lungs and/or blood vessels or with drains.
ICU care is given by doctors and nurses experienced specifically in intensive care. The treating physician is responsible for the overall treatment of the patient and is following the progress.
There is also a support system in the hospital with radiology, lab, pharmacy, blood bank, physiotherapy and consulting physicians to aid in investigations, care and treatment to the ICU patient.
Valiant Clinic and Hospital is equipped with invasive and noninvasive ventilators as well as high flow nasal cannulas for the respiratory support that can be needed.
Pharmacy is equipped with all possible medications for sedation while being ventilated, circulatory support and fluids for any cardiac or hypovolemic situation and antibiotics for sepsis.
As a relative of a patient in ICU we welcome you to visit. But at certain times there are investigations and procedures being done and there can be restrictions due to infection risk for both you and the patient. Please call the nurse in charge ahead of your visit for guidance.