Intensive Care

Wakefield Hospital, long recognised for delivering complex surgery within an environment noted for its uncompromising patient care, recently announced a partnership with Capital Critical Care focused on enhancing its already market-leading Intensive Care service.

Wakefield Hospital now offers what is arguably the most comprehensive private Intensive Care service in the country. A total of eight Intensive Care Specialists, all Fellows of the College of Intensive Care Medicine (FCICM) of Australia and New Zealand provide 24 hour care for patients in the Wakefield Hospital Intensive Care Unit, allowing the safe delivery of highly complex surgery in a private setting.

The implementation of this service also provides further peace of mind for patients undergoing less complex procedures in the unlikely event that unforeseen complications arise during their surgery.Wakefield’s decision to enhance the existing Intensive Care service is part of an ongoing commitment to offering the highest standards of safety and quality to patients ensuring we continue to provide a world-class private healthcare service.

What is Intensive Care?

In recent years, Intensive Care has become a complex medical specialty in its own right – focused on the diagnosis and management of life threatening conditions which require sophisticated organ support and invasive monitoring.

The modern specialty of Intensive Care began with the poliomyelitis epidemic in Denmark in the early 1950s. The use of prolonged manual positive pressure ventilation in Copenhagen during this epidemic stimulated further research into this patient support modality.

Building upon the success of mechanical positive pressure ventilation, the management of pulmonary diseases and complications passed from infectious diseases departments to recovery wards, with Intensive Care Units usually developing adjacent to operating rooms.

The ability to treat respiratory failure made a whole range of new diseases and complications amenable to treatment. Chest injuries, tetanus, and post-operative respiratory failure became common conditions treated in Intensive Care Units.

The first recognisable Intensive Care Unit in Australasia was founded in Auckland in 1958. Since that time Intensive Care Units have proliferated rapidly and the scope of Intensive Care practice has increased substantially.

Intensive Care Units now care for critically ill patients with a wide range of life-threatening respiratory, circulatory, neural, and metabolic disorders caused by many medical and surgical diseases. Intensive Care Units have also become critical to the provision of peri-operative care for patient’s undergoing various forms of surgery including cardiac surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, and neurosurgery.

While the management of patients requiring Intensive Care was once mainly undertaken by Anaesthetists and General Physicians with an interest in Intensive Care Medicine, there is now a dedicated training programme for Intensive Care Specialists in Australia and New Zealand which is widely recognised as the best training programme anywhere in the world.