Critical Care Services

Critical Care Medicine & Services in Bangalore

The Critical Care Services offered by the Department include management of complex conditions such as

  • Respiratory failure due to any cause including but not limited to
    • Pneumonia – Community acquired/Hospital-associated/Viral/H1N1.
    • Acute severe COPD Exacerbations and Acute severe Asthma/
      Status asthmaticus.
    • ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress syndrome).
    • Pulmonary Embolism.
    • OSA and other Type II respiratory failures.
  • Post operative Critical Care.
  • Shock due to any cause, commonly
    • Sepsis and septic Shock
    • Management of Multiorgan dysfunction (MODS)
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, and expertise in post-Cardiac Arrest Care
  • Neurological Critical Care.
    • Stroke
    • Intractable seizures
    • Coma And altered sensorium due to any cause
  • Renal Failure.
  • Cardiac problems requiring critical care.
  • Toxicological problems
    • Poisoning
    • Drug Overdose

Critical Care Medicine (Intensive Care Medicine or ICU Medicine)

ICU medicine with a focus on standardized care and specialty respiratory care has assumed a tremendous importance in India with increasing intensity of illness.The exponential need has been met by the rapid progress of knowledge, skill, and technology in this field. As per one study, every human being will have at least 1.7 trips to the ICU in a lifetime. Traditionally, through the inception and development of ICU care, the focus has been on proactive intervention, rapid stabiliza¬tion, and careful monitoring in a high-tech environment. With progress in technology and life-support, ICU care has assumed qualities not commonly seen earlier: more complexity, longer stays, more secondary events, and more complications and infections. Care in the ICU is expensive, due to the need for infrastructure, equipment, and skilled personnel, adding multiple economic pressures to this equation. With this background, the average mortality in most modern ICU’s still approaches 40 – 60 %.

In such a situation, ICU phy¬sicians assume much more than just the role of an intensiv¬ist tiding over critical illness in a high-tech environment. It is incumbent on ICU physicians to maintain a thorough knowledge of new developments and technologies, with proven outcomes data, and to apply each one proactively when caring for the critically ill patient. They also need to see the larger perspective of long-term outcomes in order to prevent complications related to treatments used in the ICU setting. The thrust is not only the immediate stabilization of critically ill patients, but also the planning and institution of measures that will favorably influence the ultimate outcomes.In Apollo hospitals Jayanagar, we offer such a standardized approach, to favorably impact on outcomes in critically ill patients.

In addition, specialty areas of ICU care, such as Respiratory Critical Care is the need of the hour in Indian urban cities, with the explosion of Respiratory disease. Here at Apollo, we aim to provide a high expertise in Respiratory Critical Care. This is done adopting a unique approach combining state-of-the-art infrastructure, equipment, with skilled and experienced personnel including both physicians, nurses, and other para-medical staff. There is a severe dearth of centers providing such an approach in our country.

Other State-of-the-Art Life Saving Critical Care facilities

We have expertise in life-saving methodologies and technologies which can impact on outcomes in critically ill patients including

  • Prone Ventilation for ARDS and Respiratory failure
  • High-Frequency Oscillation for ARDS
  • Therapeutic Hypothermia post-cardiac arrest
  • Non-Invasive Ventilation, to avoid invasive ventilatory support in patients with Respiratory Failure and Congestive Heart Failure

Center for Airway Disorders

We specialize in the treatment of airway disorders such as tracheal and bronchial stenosis, endobronchial ablation of tumours, airway-recanalizing procedures such as balloon bronchoplasty, and airway stenting. We are also specialized in the treatment of broncho-pleural fistula, using unique and innovative endoscopic methods. Other specialized areas include the treatment of Tuberculous bronchostenosis, a complex condition which causes loss of lung function due to airway narrowing in tuberculosis.

This is best done by our interdisciplinary team, including Interventional Pulmonology and Thoracic Surgery, who work in collaboration to optimize outcomes.

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