|The Intensive Care Unit|
|Written by Communications Team|
Our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) provides vital care for the most seriously ill patients around the clock. Patients can be admitted at any time of the day or night and staff have to be ready to start treatment straight away and deal with the unexpected.
The unit has 9 intensive care beds and is staffed by over 80 medical, nursing and administration staff. Using the most modern equipment, the team work together to deliver the highest standard of patient care and offer the best chance of recovery.
But how does it all work? What is day-to-day life actually like for ICU staff? Read on to find out.
It’s all about team work
Den Hallett, Business Unit Service Manager / Matron is responsible for co-ordinating the needs of the ICU directorate, which also includes resuscitation. She manages staffing, budget and resources.
Above, from left to right: Den Hallett, Business Unit Service Manager / Matron; Sister Sue Cook; Charge Nurse Graeme Gentry; Greg Lew, Housekeeping Assistant; Paul Wills, Resuscitation Manager; Staff Nurse Gemma Smallman and Sister Sue Wilson
Building upon our strengths
The nursing team
Training and development
Anil Jaggernath, Clinical Practice Educator develops clinical practices within the ICU and ensures the training needs of nursing staff are met.
’The part of my job I like most is when improvements to patient care are made through implementing new practices. It is also rewarding to see staff develop through the training we offer.’
Laura Kustner, staff nurse, joined the team 8 months ago having never worked in ICU in the UK before. She is completing a 12 month Band 5 Learning Programme under the guidance of Anil and said: ’ICU has been a new environment for me but I have learnt so much.’
Joanna Claxton, Student Nurse, is with ICU on a four week acute care placement. She said: ’Anil facilitates my learning outcomes, which are set by the university. This is a great place to learn and has been my best placement yet.’
Each day is different
Above: Laura Kustner, Staff Nurse, Anil Jaggernath, Clinical Practice Educator & Joanna Claxton, Student Nurse
The resuscitation team
Resuscitation is an infrequent but essential part of the job for most clinical staff. The Resuscitation Team are experts in their field and responsible for training all clinical staff in current techniques. Paul Wills, Resuscitation Manager explains: ’We run several resuscitation and life support courses from a basic to advanced level.’
Resuscitation Manager Paul Wills with Resuscitation Officers Katie Freer & Tina Johnson
’Each day a crash team is on call. When a patient suffers a cardiac arrest a crash call goes out through the switchboard and the team will go to the patient. During the day, a Resuscitation Officer will also attend to ensure the resuscitation is carried out safely.’
’Most cardiac arrest calls come from A&E and the medical wards, but they can come from anywhere and at anytime, so it's vital all staff are properly trained.’
’We also get involved in other aspects of resuscitation and are currently taking part in an international study called ’Aware’. This is a ’near death experience’ study looking at the brain, consciousness and clinical death.’
Above: Sister Sue Wilson & Staff Nurse Tracy Wooldridge
Sharing critical care skills
The Outreach programme, run by Senior Specialist Nurse Ingrid Johnson, is a very important element of the work of the ICU directorate.
Sister Sue Wilson explains how the programme works: ’Outreach provides clinical support and critical care skills for all acute ward areas in the Trust. Patients are monitored and allocated a Modified Early Warning Score (MEWS). A worrying score should trigger a call to the Outreach team who will visit the patient and discuss what to do next.’
’Sometimes the patient just needs closer monitoring or on-the-spot treatment can be given to stabilise them. Occasionally admission to the ICU will be necessary and Outreach means this happens as early as possible offering the best chance of recovery.’
|Last Updated on Friday, 07 August 2009 11:49|