Intensive care unit
Available at both Klerksdorp & Tshepong Hospital
Intensive care unit is a unit that provides services to critically ill patients who need specialized treatment. It specializes in the provision environment conductive to continuous quality improvement, provides continuous education to staff to idenfy short comings that will improve knowledge and quality of care of patients, and engage in research protocols to acquire best practices that will improve patient care. The unit serves patients from obstetrics, gynaecology, surgical, medical, ENT, urology, paediatrics, orthopeadics, neuro and oncology patients. Within the unit, ther is a highly infectious diseases unit that caters for patients like Congo fever, Ebola disease (if it happens that such patients may appear) etc, from all over the province.
The unit has been active since the hospital was established in 1896 and commonly admits patients with respiratory diseases. Access to ICU services is provided through referrals from other hospitals and clinics, straight admission due to critical condition from incidents such as accidents, and patients are admitted based on the ICU criteria.The unit has 2 Professors, 1 Physician, 7 Intensive Care Trained nurses, 2 Enrolled nurses, 2 Auxiliary nurses
It uses machines such as Ventilators, cardiac monitors, ECA, bloodgas machines, and defibrillator machine, Mechanical Ventilators, Oscilloscopes, Defibrillator, Blood gas machine, Infusion pumps, Blood warmer, HGT for sugar tests. Patients are continuously monitored and change in condition is readily observed and treatment timeously given. ICU has an average mortality rate of 25% per month and because of hard work and dedications, the team can go as far as working overtime because they believe that a patient’s life is more important than anything else. The staff also gets continuous workshops, symposiums, in-services, and continuous education on how to care for critical patients.