Patients on the ICU are cared for by a large multidisciplinary team:
Each patient on ICU has a dedicated nurse to look after them 24 hours a day (though each nurse may care for up to two patients at a time). ICU nurses are highly skilled in looking after very unwell patients and ensure that patients are receiving the complex treatments provided on ICU. The senior ICU nursing team include:
Judy Frame – Matron
The ICU has a team of Consultants (Intensivists) who review the patients every day and supervise their care. The ICU Consultants are:
The Consultants are supported by a team of junior doctors (Registrars, Specialist Trainees, and Foundation doctors).
Other Members of the Team
The ICU relies on the help of a wide range of other members of the hospital team, including (but not restricted to) Physiotherapists, Pharmacists, Radiographers, as well as regular visits from other medical and surgical teams, and daily input from Microbiology and Radiology Consultants.
Research and Students
We are a teaching hospital and work closely with the University. You may meet medical and nursing students on placements on ICU. The ICU also participates in vital local, national and international medical research, and you may meet members of the research team, or be given the option to participate in studies.
SPICE III. This study is for patients who have been intubated (have a mouth tube for breathing) and ventilated (on a machine to assist breathing) for <12 hours in an intensive care unit. This study is evaluating different types of sedation in the intensive care unit.
PHARLAP. This study is for patients who have a condition called acute respiratory distress syndrome. It is looking at whether a certain procedure on the ventilator (a machine to assist breathing), is better, worse or the same as other procedures on the ventilator to improve breathing for patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome.
NIV outcomes. This study is for patients who have been admitted to hospital and then to the intensive care unit, because they have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and require assistance with their breathing. The study is reviewing clinical information during these patients stay on intensive care. This study is also looking at how their quality of life for up to a year after admission to hospital.
Dexenceph. This study is for patients who have herpes simplex virus encephalitis. They may or may not be given steroids.