ICU- Magnus Hospital

Equipment in the ICU is mostly aimed at life-support and the support of different organs in the body (for example the lungs, the heart or the kidneys). These include, but is not limited to:

  • Cardiac monitors - to monitor vital signs
  • Mechanical Ventilator
  • Infusion pumps - to regulate the flow of medication titrated via a drip and through the infusion pump
  • Syringe pumps - where a syringe is used to titrate the medication to the patient
  • Suction machines
  • Oxygen
  • Other respiratory support machines such asBiPAP AND CPAP
  • Contextual factors include characteristics of the ICU for example, the current availability of beds, appropriate equipment and expertise of the nursing staff.
  • Patient factors refer to the characteristics of the patient such as their preferences, functional capacity, age and comorbidities, as well as the characteristics of the illness with regards to severity, reversibility, responsiveness to therapy and quality of life after discharge from ICU.
  • Physician factors refer to the characteristics of the person making the decision which include experience, personality, mood and biases.