Inamdar Hospital

Critical Care Services ICU/CCU/NICU/PICU

Neonatal intensive-care unit – NICU

In NICU we provide specialized care for the tiniest patient, newborn babies who need intensive medical attention. A pediatrician with additional training takes care of sick and premature babies. Specially trained health care professionals will be involved in the care of a baby. .I.e. Neonatologists (pediatrician with additional training) pediatric residents and nurses.

Coronary care unit – CCU

For heart disease–The Coronary Care Unit looks after patients who need a higher level of care than normal after acute heart-related illnesses, such as a heart attack. In the Coronary Care Unit, our aim is to provide holistic care for acute cardiology patients by administering a coordinated multi-disciplinary approach including the initiation of early intervention as appropriate. These procedures include angiography, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), electrophysiology studies, implantable cardiac defibrillator implantation and temporary/permanent pacemaker implantation. Patients are cared for pre and post procedure and provided with ongoing education. Our acute cardiology beds are for patients suffering from acute and chronic cardiac problems requiring intensive cardiac medical and nursing management. Patients include those classified as high risk for acute coronary syndrome, myocardial infarction, and life- threatening cardiac rhythm disturbances. We provide both hardwired and wireless cardiac monitoring using telemetry units. We have the facility to undertake invasive hemodynamic monitoring, non-invasive ventilation (NIV) and intra-aortic balloon pumping (IABP) as required. The Coronary Care Unit also has one bed where hemodialysis can be performed on renal patients requiring cardiac monitoring.

Medical Intensive-Care Unit – MICU

The Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) provides multidisciplinary evidence-based critical care to post-operative patients with life-threatening conditions or unstable, severely ill patients who require frequent monitoring and potentially require intensive intervention or ventilation.

The Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) is a state of the art, a multidisciplinary unit that provides care for patients who become critically ill. Our multidisciplinary team is comprised of physicians, nurses, social workers, dietitians, pastoral care and numerous other disciplines. Our team possesses the knowledge, skill and judgment to provide timely assessment and treatment ensuring the best possible outcomes from critical illness. We provide our services in a family-centered atmosphere, encouraging the family to be an integral part of their loved one’s care.

Pediatric intensive-care unit – PICU

The PICU is the section of the hospital that provides sick children with the highest level of medical care. It differs from other parts of the hospital, like the general medical floors, in that the PICU allows intensive nursing care and continuous monitoring of things like heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is a multidisciplinary unit that provides care for infants, children and adolescents who become critically ill or injured.

The many physicians, nurses and allied medical care professionals who work in the PICU have the knowledge, skill and judgment to quickly assess and treat your child so he can achieve the best outcomes possible from critical illness or injury. Equipped with advanced technology, our multidisciplinary team improves survival, speeds recovery, minimizes disability and relieves pain and suffering in a caring and respectful manner.

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FAQ'S

What are the common problems of critical care patients?

Common problems of critical care patients can vary widely depending on their specific medical conditions. However, some common issues faced by critical care patients include respiratory failure, cardiac arrest, sepsis, organ failure, traumatic injuries, neurological disorders, and severe infections. Additionally, critical care patients may experience complications such as blood clots, pressure ulcers, delirium, or adverse reactions to medications.

What do critical care services include?

Critical care services encompass a range of specialized medical interventions and support provided to critically ill or injured patients. These services typically include continuous monitoring of vital signs, close observation by medical professionals, specialized equipment such as ventilators and cardiac monitors, advanced life support techniques, administration of intravenous medications, pain management, wound care, and interventions to prevent complications.

What is the difference between ICU and critical care unit?

The terms ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and critical care unit are often used interchangeably, but they can have slightly different meanings depending on the context. In general, both refer to specialized hospital units that provide intensive monitoring and treatment for critically ill patients. However, an ICU usually refers to a specific area within a hospital where critically ill patients are cared for, often equipped with advanced medical technology and a higher nurse-to-patient ratio. On the other hand, a critical care unit can encompass a broader concept, including not only the physical ICU but also other areas of the hospital where critically ill patients may receive specialized care.

What are the benefits of critical care?
  1. Critical care plays a vital role in saving lives and improving patient outcomes. Some key benefits of critical care include:
  • Specialized expertise: Critical care units are staffed by highly trained healthcare professionals who have expertise in managing complex medical conditions and emergencies.
  • Close monitoring: Continuous monitoring of vital signs and other parameters allows for early detection of any changes in a patient’s condition, enabling timely interventions.
  • Advanced medical technology: Critical care units are equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment and technology, including ventilators, dialysis machines, and cardiac monitors, which are crucial for managing critical conditions.
  • Multidisciplinary approach: Critical care teams often consist of healthcare professionals from various specialties, such as intensivists, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, and nutritionists, who work collaboratively to provide comprehensive care.
  • Enhanced safety: The strict protocols and systematic approach in critical care units help minimize the risk of medical errors and infections, improving patient safety.
  • Support for families: Critical care units often provide resources and support to patients’ families, including regular updates, counseling services, and assistance in making medical decisions.
What kinds of illnesses require critical care?
  1. Various illnesses and conditions may require critical care, particularly when they pose a severe threat to a patient’s life or require intensive monitoring and interventions. Some examples of illnesses that often require critical care include:
  • Severe respiratory conditions, such as acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) or severe pneumonia.
  • Cardiac emergencies, including heart attacks, congestive heart failure, or life-threatening arrhythmias.
  • Traumatic injuries, such as severe head trauma, spinal cord injuries, or multiple fractures.
  • Organ failure, such as acute kidney failure, liver failure, or respiratory failure.
  • Sepsis or severe infections that can lead to septic shock.
  • Neurological emergencies, like stroke, traumatic brain injuries, or status epilepticus (prolonged seizures).
  • Life-threatening complications from chronic illnesses, such as diabetic ketoacidosis or severe asthma attacks.

It’s important to note that the need for critical care may vary depending on the severity and progression of each individual case, and the final decision is made by healthcare professionals based on the patient’s specific condition.

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Dr. Laxmikant Kaotekar

Chest Physician / Pulmonologist