Critical Care Department

Critical Care Medicine

Synopsis

You must have heard people talking about life support, especially in cases where a person is suffering from some serious physical abnormalities. What they are actually referring to is ventilation, a rescue procedure that majorly comprises of one branch in the hospital, namely The Critical Care Unit (Also commonly known as the Intensive Care Unit). Patients usually suffering from conditions such as cardiac arrhythmias, cardiovascular instability (hypotension / hypertension), respiratory or airway restrictions (requiring ventilator support), combined effects of multiple organ failure (Multi Organ Dysfunction Syndrome), and/or acute renal failure need to be admitted, treated, and observed in the Critical Care Unit.

The major advantage of an ICU over other units is that it helps in combined disease management, wherein a team of multiple-organ specialists come together to devise the apt treatment plan and course of healing.

Department

Overview:

Systematic approach is key to critical/intensive care treatment for patients which follows the lead of various systems inside the body. In order to produce a daily treatment plan, it’s imperative for doctors to observe these nine key systems using a method known as observation-intervention-impression. IC, although comprising of these nine key systems, is not limited to them, and there are other additional factors / systems that an ICU might consider before concluding on a treatment plan: psychological health, secondary infections, pressure points, physiotherapy, and mobilization.

The nine key systems spoken above, if to be read in alphabetical order, are as follows:

  • Cardiovascular System
  • Central Nervous System
  • Endocrine System
  • Gastro-intestinal tract (and conditions reliant on nutrition for healing)
  • Haematology
  • Integumentary System
  • Microbiology
  • Renal (also metabolic), and
  • Respiratory System

Critical Care Medicines is a specific offering of a dedicated department in a hospital called the ICU. In certain hospitals, the specialities / subspecialties of medicine might serve as the parameter to decide the nature of ICU, and, in such cases, there would be multiple ICUs catering to each domain of medicine. Some examples of medicine-driven ICUs or units that provide intensive care are:

  • Coronary ICU (also known as CICU, also functional for heart conditions)
  • Medical ICU (MICU)
  • Surgical ICU (SICU)
  • Paediatric ICU (PICU)
  • Neuroscience Critical Care Unit (NCCU)
  • Overnight Intensive Recovery (OIR)
  • Shock and / trauma ICU (STICU)
  • Neonatal ICU (NICU)
  • In addition to these, there might be more specialisations which depend on the services / departments available in the hospital.

    Services

    The Department of Critical Care Medicine at Aster Hospitals includes a team of licensed professionals with certified, super-speciality degrees in Critical Care who deliver optimal and compassionate care to all critically ill patients, as well as prescribe intensive medicine.

    Patients requiring Critical Care may require support for sepsis and septic shock, hemodynamic instability, airway compromise or respiratory distress (such as ventilator support), acute kidney injury, potentially lethal cardiac arrhythmias, or the cumulative effects of multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS). They may also be admitted for high dependency monitoring, such as the crucial hours after undergoing major surgery when deemed too unstable to be transferred to a less intensively monitored unit.

    The Critical Care Medicine department at Aster Hospitals offers the following services:

    • Admission of critically ill patients under the Department of Critical Care Medicine for early resuscitation and stabilization
    • Mechanical Ventilation – Invasive and non-invasive
    • Hemodynamically guided therapeutic interventions
    • Ultrasound guided assessment and interventions
    • Full extent evaluation and management of the patients
    • Outreach services with critical care cross consults for all clinical specialties are being provided
    • Special Critical Care Clinics (OPD) – for second opinions, prognostication and possible outcomes, for possible transfer to Aster Hospital ICU, Post-tracheostomy care, Weaning from prolonged mechanical ventilation, Parenteral/enteral nutrition, and admission and discharge criteria.

    Why choose Aster Hospitals?

    When it comes to life support for patients, it’s imperative that quality healthcare and caregiving is built on the foundation of trust, value, and expertise. Aster Hospitals, over the years, has stood the test of time and has stood at the amazing intersection of quality and technology to be able to provide its patients quality healthcare that’s rooted in world-class innovation, industry-leading expertise, a commitment that’s fuelled by passion, and a team of doctors, practitioners, clinicians, and physicians who are dedicated to making every patient’s life a beautiful story. With a treatment philosophy that’s driven on a fine blend of science and expertise, research and study, care and commitment, we are dedicated to making the world a happier, healthier place. A part of the same philosophy, our CCU (Critical Care Unit) division houses some of the best critical care doctors in the country, not to mention an impressive record replete with laurels and thousands of happy patients and counting. Aster Hospitals is constantly seeking new opportunities to set bigger yardsticks with advanced progress. Present in over 9 countries, Aster Hospitals is probably one of the world's most rapidly going healthcare chains. Offering a wide range of healthcare services, Aster Hospitals boasts of a diverse team of highly-skilled healthcare professionals and medical infrastructure capable of end-to-end disease detection and cure. Headquartered in Dubai, the Aster family now encompasses 17,600+ employees, 2296 doctors with several JCI accredited Hospitals, clinics and Diagnostic Centres. Each of the Group’s verticals is a symbol of distinction, driven by a commitment to build a healthier tomorrow and to take healthcare to the next level of excellence.