EQUIPMENT IN WELLINGTON ICU
The staff in our Intensive Care Unit use many pieces of equipment to monitor, support and treat patients.
All devices must undergo stringent safety testing and are regularly serviced by the hospital's biomedical engineers.
Keeping equipment safe and up-to-date also requires a full-time nurse technician who works closely with the unit staff, providing education & support.
Some of the equipment in regular use is described below.
We currently use Hamilton ventilators:
- G5 - standard bedside ventilator
- C2 - portable ventilator
- T1 - used for intrahospital transport
We also have a single ageing Drager ventilator.
We have four Gambro Prismaflex machines with CVVHDF as our default renal replacement mode. We also have four bed spaces plumbed for occasional usage by the dialysis service when patients are stable enough to tolerate rapid fluid & electrolyte exchanges.
We have a Sonosite portable ultrasound machine equipped with both echo and vascular probes. All central venous line placements are under ultrasound guidance.
The machine is also used for bedside diagnostics by the medical staff.
We have an Olympus bronchoscope for diagnostic purposes and percutaneous tracheostomy insertions.
We use closed suction from Kimberly Clark on every intubated patient.
Fisher & Paykel humidifiers provide the necessary temperature and humidity control.
We use Codman ICP Express for intracranial pressure monitoring.
We are also able to monitor EEG waveforms & BiSpectral Index continuously on certain patients.
We use Baxter infusion pumps & Alaris syringe drivers.
We have 18 bedspaces including four isolation rooms, each with at least 20 square metres of space. They are each equipped with Drager pendants, a Guldman ceiling hoist, computer & phone, a custom made Ambubag system, a custom made notes desk, supplies trolley, wash basin and wash trolley. The bed spaces are spacious and relatively autonomous.
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