Sickest patients benefit from changes to critical care services
Critical care services at Westmead have taken a big step forward with a location swap between the neuroscience, trauma high dependency unit (previously E3c) and cardiothoracic intensive care (previously C3c).
The move was made to bring all critical care services under the banner of Intensive Care Services.
Director for Intensive Care Services Hugh Playford said it was part of a multi-step process to improve care for critically ill patients within Westmead.
“It will allow closer grouping of the Level 3 ICU resources for our sickest patients in the hospital, in a more co-located surrounding with sharing of equipment and consumables,” he said.
The change is more far-reaching than a simple swap of physical locations. It also means the integration of finances and staffing resources (medical and nursing).