Intensive Care Unit
Lorma Medical Center Intensive Care Unit is a 23 – bed facility which caters to critical care in the various areas of nursing such as neurosurgery, cardiovascular, surgical, pediatric and pulmonary. The area consists of 14 private rooms, 4 beds in the ward for adult cases and 3 beds intended for pediatric cases. Critical care nursing is a complex and challenging area of nursing in which nurses use their advance skills to care for patients who are critically ill and needs to be closely monitored.
The rooms in the unit are equipped with cardiac monitors that helps in facilitating comprehensive monitoring of the vital signs of the patients and electrocardiograph tracings to ensure that the patient’s hemodynamic status is stable. The oxygen is placed in the wall unit as well the suction apparatus in each beds in the ICU. There is also a refrigerator where osteorized feeding and medications are stored. The unit also has a storage room where portable cardiac monitor and mechanical ventilators are accessible within their reach.
The unit is a state of the art with high – end facilities which ensures that interventions are done with ease and convenience. As we embrace paperless facility approach, the unit is ready for a more advanced record – keeping. The barcode technique is being practiced in medication administration and vital signs taking.
An ICU Nurse has to be well – trained in nursing techniques and decision – making skills when it comes to taking care of critically ill patients. Before becoming a part of the ICU team, the nurse has to be at least a ward nurse for two years and with exemplary performance in the ward. The nurse will then be oriented by the senior staff in the ICU until the nurse is ready to handle patients. The ICU has various training such as ABG Interpretation, Focus Charting and Documentation as well as the function and responsibilities of bedside and charge nurse are also discussed. The nurses were also trained of Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support and further analysis of ECG is enhanced through ECG Workshop. Selected ICU Nurses has attended training such as 16th Annual Convention Stroke Management: Remembering the Pearls, Avoiding the Perils.
There are also selected staff nurses who are able to join the Intensive Training Program for Nurses at Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan, Metro Manila and the Critical Care Nursing in Philippine Heart Center. Nurses in the ICU are also invited in the Annual Conventions for Stroke Management as well as in Neurosurgery. The nurses are also given the opportunity to have a background on respiratory nursing, pediatric cardiology and kidney transplant. Aside from ICU skills being trained, they are also equipped with soft skills training in leadership and management, ethics in workplace and proper employee relations.
ICU guarantees that the family is in touch with the patient since we welcome family members to be with the patient. With the synergy of other personnel, we make sure that proper care is encouraged.