At Sushila Hospital, your emergency care starts as soon as you arrive at the emergency department. A specialist emergency nurse, will assess your condition, provide first aid and prioritize you for treatment. You may be asked to wait in the waiting room. How long you wait depends on how busy the department is at the time and the number of patients with conditions more serious than yours.
Sometimes the waiting area appears quiet, but this doesn’t mean the emergency department is not busy. Staff members understand that waiting can be frustrating. They do their best to keep your wait to a minimum and make you comfortable. If your condition changes while you are waiting, let the nurse know. During an emergency situation, you can call for the ambulance for quick and reliable care throughout the way. If conditions get serious, we focus on prioritizing with your treatment because we stand with you during the moments when you need us the most.
Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
Critical care is for hospital patients with serious health problems who need intensive medical care and monitoring.
Patients in intensive care units, also called ICUs, are cared for by a team of providers that may include:
- Specially trained nurses
- Respiratory therapists
- Care managers
- Physical and occupational therapists
What is critical care?
Critical care also is called intensive care. Critical care treatment takes place in an intensive care unit (ICU) in a hospital. Patients may have a serious illness or injury. In the ICU, patients get round-the-clock care by a specially trained team.
Who needs critical care?
Critical care is appropriate for hospital patients of every age who are severely ill. Patients may go to the ICU from the Emergency Department or may move there
from the general hospital ward if they become critically ill. Examples of patients who need critical care include those who undergo very invasive surgery or who have poor outcomes after surgery, those who are severely injured in an accident, people with serious infections, or people who have trouble breathing on their own and require a ventilator to breathe for them.
Here are some common conditions that require critical care:
- Heart problems
- Lung problems
- Organ failure
- Brain trauma
- Blood infections (sepsis)
- Drug-resistant infections
- Serious injury (car crash, burns)