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Intensive Care Unit:
The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is a 15-bed Level III unit that
provides observation, care and treatment for patients of all ages with
life threatening illnesses and injuries from which recovery is possible.
The ICU is the only Level III unit in the Midland region. A Level III
unit includes: two college intensive care trained consultants, a
full-time intensivist and clinical provisions e.g. dialysis.
As a tertiary provider of intensive care services, the ICU currently
transports over 330 patients per year both within and outside the
Midland region. The ICU team co-ordinates the administration of parental
nutrition and supervises the management of patients in the high
dependency unit. The ICU team is also an integral component of the
cardiac arrest and trauma teams at Waikato Hospital.
In broad terms, the ICU currently provides care for approximately 420
cardiac cases per year, 220 paediatric cases per year, and 550 general
adult cases per year.
High Dependency Unit:
The High Dependency Unit (HDU) is a 12 bed unit that provides special expertise and facilities for adult patients requiring intensive monitoring and treatment following surgery, trauma and medical or surgical conditions.
It is an intermediate level intensive care service recognised by the Faculty of Intensive Care, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. The provision of high dependency care, separate from the intensive care setting, is unique to Health Waikato, and is a flagship for new high dependency units around Australasia.
The HDU currently provides care for over 1723 patients a year. This includes the following specialities: general surgery (28%), medicine (18%), vascular and thoracic (13%), orthopaedic (5%) and other surgical teams (14%).
Who we are:
The team comprises:
- Five intensivists
- 10 registrars
- Seven nurse leaders and nursing team
- Three respiratory technicians
- Allied health team
- Full orientation
- Assignment to team for six months
- Four-six hours training per week
- Part 1 and 2 training sessions
- Mentoring system
- Weekly grand round
- Weekly microbiology meetings
- Weekly journal club
- Daily X-ray session
- Intensive Care Unit 1 & 2
- High Dependency Unit