Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
The 6-bed General Intensive Care Unit (ICU) provides excellent multidisciplinary medical care to critically ill adults with a myriad of both surgical and non-surgical problems. Patients are admitted from the operating room, the department of emergency medicine and from the wards. The unit is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and has recently updated both its monitors and mechanical ventilators. Patients are given individual 24-hour, specialized care, provided by doctors and nurses who are graduates of formal intensive care training.
Research Activities include:
Recombinant anti-platelet activator factor in the treatment of severe sepsis. Development of methods for measuring of gastric emptying, orocecal transit time and intestinal permeability in mechanically ventilated critical patients. The influence of nasogastric NO insuflation on gastric emptying, orocecal transit time and intestinal permeability in critically ill patients. The impact of low molecular heparin (Clexane) on the measured pH of arterial blood gases, compared to Heparin in different quantities. Correlation of D-Dimer rapid test with clinical sepsis in critically ill patients. The impact of regular quality assurance meetings with a clinical pharmacist on the medication/antibiotics expenses in the ICU. Development of the isolated working heart model and blood perfused rat working heart. Research of the pathophysiology, hemodynamics and possible therapy of the septic heart. 'End of life' decisions in the ICU. R-PAF AH in severe sepsis.