What does an intensive care unit look like?
Just as the requirements differ from those of normal hospital wards, equipment and spatial conditions also differ. There is much more space available per patient, equipment, power and oxygen connections and support staff. Only in this way are so-called vital parameters (ie signs that reflect the body function) such as blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature, blood oxygen level and the fluid balance and blood sugar continuously check and possibly intervene quickly.
The measured values are displayed on a monitor on the bed of the patient and simultaneously in the monitoring room. There are also ventilators with hoses, electronically controlled syringe pumps that deliver painkillers and other medicines directly into the blood vessels, feeding tubes and other equipment for monitoring, examinations and treatment.
No wonder that it flashes, rings and beeps and the affected person behind all the "machines" and hoses lost and looks small.
The sick are especially taken care of here
He is constantly being worked on the bedside of the patient - he is bedded, washed, tapped and rubbed in, questioned, intercepted and touched, maltreated with physiotherapy and with blood draws. So no wonder that in an intensive care unit usually eerie bustle (and quite a brightness) prevails and you ask as a relative how the patient should be healthy despite the hustle and bustle and lack of privacy.
Intensive care patients are often more susceptible to infections - in order to give as few pathogens as possible a chance to penetrate, one must first pass through a lock before entering the actual intensive care unit. Extensive disinfection, changing clothes and putting on gowns, mask, hood, etc. are no longer necessary today - except in an isolation room for immunocompromised patients - but at least the hands are being disinfected.
In order to get to an intensive care unit, you usually have to ring the bell and you will be admitted by the nursing staff. On the first visit you have to identify yourself if necessary.
Who works there and whom can I contact?
Interdisciplinary intensive care units are usually managed by an anesthetist; specific units possibly also by physicians of the respective specialty, for example cardiologists. In addition to the doctors, there are specially trained nursing staff who have acquired special knowledge and can deal with the special conditions in an intensive care unit (additional qualification "specialist nurse / nurse for anesthesia and intensive care" or "specialist nurse / nurse for intensive care").
In addition, other persons such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, X-ray assistants etc. have access. Since the different people are usually dressed similarly, relatives often do not know who is responsible for what. Then only one thing helps: ask.