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Critical care

John Fawkner Private Hospital’s Critical Care Service provides care to critically ill patients with a wide range of conditions.

The Intensive Care Unit and Coronary Care Unit are located on Level 3 in the main building, with easy access to operating suites, catheter laboratory and radiology services.

The five bed Intensive Care Unit provides care to intensive care and high dependency patients post major surgery, and also patients from the emergency department and wards. These patients receive care under the supervision of one of five intensive care specialists. 24 hour medical cover is provided by the in-house Medical Officer.

The six bed Coronary Care Unit provides cardiac monitoring for patients undergoing pacemaker insertion, ablations, acute myocardial infarction or suffering abnormal heart rhythms. These patients are admitted to the hospital under the care of specialist cardiologists.

Nursing care across the Critical Care Unit is provided by nurses with, or working toward, post-graduate qualifications in intensive care and/or coronary care nursing.

The critical care nursing team and the in-house medical officer provide expert outreach support to the facility via Rapid Response Team calls. This team is called to patients who are displaying signs of clinical deterioration; the team can provide appropriate assessment, intervention and escalation of care as required.

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