Intensive Care Units (ICUs)
Intensive care units (ICUs) at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata is a highly specialist Service Unit. They provide intensive care (treatment and monitoring) for people in a critically ill or unstable condition. A person in an ICU needs constant medical attention and support to keep their body functioning. They may be unable to breathe on their own and have multiple organ failure. High end medical equipment will take the place of these functions while the person recovers.
When intensive care is needed
There are several circumstances where a person may be admitted to an ICU. These include after surgery, or following an accident or severe illness.
ICU beds are a very expensive and limited resource because they provide:
- specialised monitoring equipment
- highest degree of medical expertise
- constant access to highly trained nurses (one nurse for each bed)
Some ICUs are attached to areas that treat specific conditions. Others specialize in the care of certain groups of people. For example, an ICU can specialize in:
- Neurological disorders
- Cardiac and Cardiovascular conditions
- Post Surgical Conditions
- Respiratory Disorder
- Gastro and biliary Disorders
- Babies (neonatal intensive care, NIC) – for example, for babies born with serious conditions, such as heart defects, or if there is a complication during birth
- Children (paediatric intensive care, PIC) – for children under 16 years of age
What to Expect
At Apollo Gleneagles Kolkata, a ICU can be a daunting environment for both the patient and their family and friends. ICU staff understand this and are there to help the person being cared for and offer support to their family.
A series of tubes, wires and cables connect the patient to this equipment, which may look alarming at first.
The goal of the staff in the Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata Intensive Care Unit/Critical Care Unit is to provide comprehensive and appropriate care on a 24-hour basis to the critically ill patient.
ICU/CCU provides care to patients throughout the life span:
- Young to older adults
- Intermediate care
The ICU/CCU provides medical care to diverse patient populations: cardiac, surgical diciplines, trauma, neuro & neurosurgical, medical respiratory, Gastroenterology, infectious, behavioral health, intermediate level, and other patients who require specialized nursing care.