The Critical Care unit at ASUTOSH integrates many specialties
and diverse technologies, offering the possibility of survival to patients who
are acutely and critically ill. Creating a Critical Care unit that meets
international standards is a complex process. This is because Critical Care is
a specialty that crosses traditional departmental lines typically seen in
hospitals and also draws from a wide range of specialties including
Anesthesiology, Internal medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, etc.
Critical Care unit represents the apex of technical advancements
in medicine. Such units integrate many specialities and diverse technologies,
offering the possibility of survival to patients who would otherwise may not
survive. It is therefore obvious that the role of the Critical Care services is
vital and crucial to a tertiary care hospital, as the Critical Care unit
contributes immensely to survival of acutely and critically ill patients.
The Critical Care Unit is designed and managed based on the fact
that methodical organisation of Critical Care services influences important
overall outcome measures such as mortality, length of stay, infection rates and
overall resource utilisation. This means that a lot of emphasis is also placed
on areas like nurses training, standardizing care through clinical pathways,
identification of ethical and economic issues pertaining to Critical Care,
managing the in-hospital environment, infection control and end of life care.