Intensive Medicine Service

UFSC University Hospital’s Intensive Medicine Service was established in 1983.

Currently, the service has a general, medical and surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) focused on high complexity care of severely ill patients in various areas, such as: Medical Clinic, General Surgery, Digestive Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Onco-hematology, Neurosurgery (epilepsy surgery), Neurosurgery (epilepsy surgery), Nephorology, Urology, Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Some of the procedures performed at the University Hospital that require ICU care are endovascular surgeries, bariatric surgery, neurosurgery for treatment of refractory epilepsy and liver transplantation.

UFSC ICU is structured and equipped with high technology devices for the monitoring and treatment of critically ill patients, including mechanical ventilators, state-of-the-art multi-parameter monitors, portable ultrasound machine, transcutaneous and transvenous pacemakers, among others.

During daytime, three doctors work in each shift, and in the night and weekend shifts, there are two doctors who constantly evaluate patients’ progress. The service also includes assistance from nurses (who care for a maximum of six patients each), nursing technicians (who care for two patients each), physiotherapists, speech-language pathologists and audiologists.

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