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Department of Intensive Care Medicine

The Department of Intensive Care Medicine at Sengkang General Hospital treats critically ill patients using a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to care. Our multidisciplinary team provides the depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise required to care for a wide array of illnesses and complex, multiple conditions seen in the ICU.

Comprehensive care is delivered by a dedicated team of critical care professionals, comprising intensivists, intensive care nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, dietitians and medical social workers. Our ICU nurses have received advanced training in critical care nursing, and many have received additional degrees and certifications including as nurse practitioners. The ICU is supported by a dedicated team of specialist ICU consultants and nurses 24 hours a day.

The team on duty monitors patients closely, supporting their vital organ functions and managing their complex conditions with specialised equipment and treatments. The ICU facility incorporates the latest medical technology to provide the healthcare team with everything they need to look after our patients. Our ICU combines and integrates different conventional sub-speciality ICUs (medical, surgical, and neurosurgical) into one multi-disciplinary ICU.

As part of Sengkang General Hospital’s treatment process, patients are housed and cared for in critical care single rooms, maximising care options based on individual patient’s clinical needs. Each room has a window that allows natural sunlight to stream in, creating a conducive healing environment for critically ill patients. In addition, our ICU is located near the garden, allowing stable patients to be wheeled outdoors to enjoy sunlight, greenery and fresh air and begin their road to recovery.

Our dedicated physiotherapists, respiratory therapists and nurses provide rehabilitation therapy early on during the patient's ICU course, expediting recovery of their physical functionality and quality of life after discharge from ICU.

The department also provides outreach services to the general wards, such as consultation services, follow-up of post-ICU cases as well as tracheostomy care.

Sengkang General Hospital maintains strict standards for quality and safety. The department places the safety and health of our patients and physicians as our highest priority, as such, the department practices strict infection control policies at all times in the ICU. All visitors must adhere to all infection prevention and control guidelines and policies.

Teaching

The Intensive Care Unit provides opportunities for medical students, residents and fellows to study under critical care experts. As part of our commitment to teaching and training, we provide our trainee doctors with exemplary training in the fundamentals of managing critically ill patients. Each consultant is supported by a team of junior doctors who are at different stages of their training. They receive excellent exposure to a variety of complex illnesses and comorbid conditions. They are given exemplary training in the fundamentals of managing critically ill patients, through a broad-based curriculum model, simulation-based learning to enhance inter-disciplinary learning, teamwork and crisis resource management skills as well as involvement in clinical research. Nurses receive extensive critical care education through a 12-week ICU orientation program, as well as other training opportunities.

FAQs

What kinds of illness require critical care?

Any illness that threatens life requires critical care. Poisoning, surgical problems are a few causes of critical illness. Critical illness includes:

A serious injury requires critical care, whether the result of:

  • A car crash
  • A stabbing wound
  • A fall
  • Burns

Illness that affects the heart and all of the vessels that carry blood to the body, such as:

  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Shock
  • Arrhythmia
  • Congestive heart failure

Illness that affects the lungs and the muscles used for breathing, such as:

  • Respiratory failure
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary embolus

Illness that affects the, esophagus, stomach, intestines, and other parts of the body that carry food, such as:

  • Bleeding
  • Malnutrition

Illness that affects the brain and the spinal cord and nerves that connect the brain to the arms, legs, and other organs, such as:

  • Stroke
  • Encephalopathy
  • Infection caused by a virus, bacteria, or fungus, such as:

What sort of medical care happens in the ICU?

Patients in the ICU are very critically ill. They are often connected to many monitors that allow healthcare professionals to monitor their vital signs on a minute-to-minute basis. Patients often have intravenous tubes (IVs) in their arms and neck so that medications and fluids can be delivered directly into their veins. They often have a tube placed into the body to drain and collect urine. Some patients are also connected to life support machines, such as breathing machines or dialysis machines. Patients may also have a tube through their nose or mouth to deliver liquid food directly into the stomach. In order to tolerate the tubes, IVs, and life support, many patients receive sedating medications.

What is life support?

Life support refers to various therapies that help keep patients alive when vital organs are failing.

Most often, when people say “life support,” they are referring to a mechanical ventilator, which is also known as a “breathing machine.” Mechanical ventilation helps patients breathe by pushing air into their lungs. The mechanical ventilator is connected to the patient by a tube that goes through the mouth and into the windpipe. Patients who need less lung support than mechanical ventilation may simply have a mask over their mouths and nose to deliver oxygen.

Our Care Team

Standards of care established by the Department of Intensive Care Medicine help ensure that patients receive optimum, coordinated care regardless of which ICU they are assigned to. Our commitment to excellence means that we work to ensure that patients receive the best care at during their time at the ICU and post recovery. Our patients benefit from shared expertise, leading research, and our commitment to quality and excellence.

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