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What is an ICU?

Each year thousands of patients are admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). These units are designed to deliver the highest of medical and nursing care to the sickest of patients. Some less ill patients may also be admitted to ICU either for elective surgery or for elective monitoring of their condition.

The ICU Team

Intensive Care Nurses

Provide continuous bedside patient care and constant monitoring allows for early recognition of changes in patients condition. Many have special experience in taking care of the critically ill patient.

Intensive Care Doctors

The intensive care doctor is also referred to as Intensivist or ICU Consultant. They are responsible for coordination of patient care in the ICU. They are skilled in diagnosing and treating critical illness and injuries. He or she is skilled in use of monitors, ventilators and other technical health equipment.

The team consists of
  • Consultant
  • Junior Consultant
  • Registrars
Patients are admitted under a physician or surgeon. When in an ICU, the responsibility is negotiated between the ICU doctors, physicians and surgeons.

Allied Health Professionals

  • The ICU team cannot be complete without the help of other healthcare professionals, such as Physiotherapist responsible for providing physical therapy for patients and ensuring mobility when allowed.
  • Dieticians provide advice on nutritional needs for patients
  • Biomedical Engineers who do a continuous job of optimal functioning of all equipments in ICU


Why Is my family member/friend/relative in the ICU?

The treating doctor and or ICU doctor will explain to you why patient needs to be in an ICU.

How long will they stay in the ICU?

As patients are sick usually this is unpredictable in first 24-48 hrs. For post operative patients, usually, it will be a brief ICU stay depending on surgery conducted.

Why are they On a Breathing machine/Ventilator?

Ventilator supports patients breathing; it can be required in multiple conditions when patient’s own breath is failing and also in conditions where patient needs to be kept in deep sedation or patient is unconscious due to some reason or after a surgery.

What are visiting rules?

Usually ICUs allows relatives during stipulated hours in a day. This is to facilitate patient care. Exceptions can be made in consultation with the ICU doctors. Duration of visiting hours is also fixed. Also, only one relative is allowed at a time to visit the patient. It is in interest of patient and smooth functioning of the ICU to keep visitors to minimal essential.

When do we get an update?

It is natural to feel anxious when you are sitting in waiting area worrying about your loved ones status. As a routine, the primary doctor and/or intensivist will update you daily, usually in the morning hours, about your patient’s progress. They will also discuss treatment plan of the day. In case of negative fluctuation, the relatives are informed promptly regardless of the time of the day. If you are not physically present in the waiting area, every attempt will be made to contact you on the given phone numbers.

Do I need to stay in waiting area at all times?

Please confirm with the ICU doctors team if you are required to stay all the time. Usually in a very sick patient, it is advisable as your consents may be required for many procedures and also investigations like scans. Always leave your contact number with the bedside nurse.

Why Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital?

Adult Intensive Care Unit consists of 120 beds distributed on 3rd, 5th and 10th floor. Each bed has state-of-the-art monitoring and treatment facilities. We have excellent team of doctors available round the clock. The ICU team works closely with entire range of multi specialties involved in patient care like surgeon, nephrologists, cardiologist and neurologist.

We are also supported brilliantly by round the clock diagnostic support from radiology, biochemistry and pathology labs who work relentlessly to give us speedy results.

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