The Department of Intensive Care provides resuscitation and intensive care services. It was established in 1985 as asection of Thoracic Surgery Department and has developed into a multidisciplinary department with 30 beds since 2002.
The department has a staff of 82, 20 intensivists and 62 nurses. The head of department is Prof. Ma Gang. His team has 4 associate professors and 3 postgraduate-supervisors, 7 attending intensivists and 8 residents, 5 of which were awarded PhD. All clinicians here have got strict training in intensive care and collaborate closely with anesthesiologists, surgeons, chemotherapists,radiotherapists, nutritionists, respiratory therapists and other specialists in the 1700-bed tertiary teaching hospital.
In addition, our high quality of nursing plays an essential role in the management of intensive care. Above and beyondthe general know-how, our experienced nurse staff have received theprofessional training in intensive nursing, some of which hold international qualifications of Intensive Care Nursing issued by the United States or HongKong Special Administrative Region.
Our department treats more than 3,000 patients each year, not only dealing with the internal or surgical criticalconditions but also proceeding the intensive monitoring for the high-riskpost-opertation by means of a variety of intensive interventions, such ascentral vascular access, bronchoscopic therapy, continuous renal replacement therapy, invasive and non-invasive ventilatory support, vasoactive medication and hemodynamics monitoring, adult and pediatric conscious sedation. Furthermore, we provide diagnostic pulmonary services using bronchoscopy,bronchoalveolar lavage or biopsy. We also makes assessment of lung function.
Unlike the general ICU, our oncological intensive care is of distinguishing characteristic. Chemotherapy with supportof intensive care is one of our innovations in oncological therapeutics. With interventions of intensive care, cooperating with chemotherapists, we have successfully conducted the chemotherapy in patients with severe multiple organ dysfunctions for many years, which afforded much favorable opportunity for cancer treatment.
Of note, we have performed hundreds of airway stent implantations recent years. It is a risk-taking and life-saving procedure. Insertion of airway stents via fibro-bronchoscope guided byradiology requires endoscopic skills and long-term experience. This unique therapeutic procedure has been recognized as the most effective technique totreat malignant tracheobronchal stenosis emergencies, which quickly relieves airway obstruction symptoms and improves their life quality.