ICU celebrates fifth anniversary

December 11, 2015

The Intensive Care Unit at Rockingham General Hospital (RGH) recently celebrated its fifth anniversary and staff held an event to reflect on learnings from the past and look to opportunities in the future.

ICU Clinical Nurse Manager Wendy Lee, who has been a part of the ICU team since it opened, said the acuity of patients has changed significantly.

“With the addition of many new and expanded services, we now play a key role in the care of patients, working closely with the emergency and in-patient departments”, she said.

“Having the unit on site also meant that hospital was able to partner further with DonateLife to become the first non-tertiary site for solid organ donations.”

RkPG Executive Director Geraldine Carlton explained 10-bed unit has come a long way since it first opened as part of the hospitals upgrade and redevelopment.

“We have an experienced and professional team on board. They are increasingly becoming involved in research, and working together to keep pace with information and skills that are ever evolving in this niche area.

“Achievements such as the introduction of temporary pacing, renal replacement therapies and streamlining processes including part-electronic ward round notes are examples of the teams’ commitment to see the unit move forward and succeed.”