Intensive Care

What is Intensive Care

Intensive care medicine is a branch of medicine concerned with the management of life-threatening conditions which require intensive, round-the-clock monitoring. Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara has a modern 6-bedded intensive care unit (ICU). The unit provides a full spectrum of critical care services by highly skilled doctors, including an in-house consultant intensivist, and medical professionals specially trained in critical care, with outstanding equipment and facilities required for optimum monitoring and care of the critically ill patient.
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The ICU Provides Services For:

  • Patients needing ventilatory support for any critical illness such as pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, severe asthma, obstructive airway disease or acute lung injuries
  • Non-invasive ventilation for acute pulmonary edema from kidney or cardiac related causes and other milder lung infections
  • All forms of shock, such as septic shock, dengue shock, cardiogenic shock, hypovolemic shock, where resuscitation is based on clinical assessment aided with advanced haemodynamic assessment and intra aortic balloon pump
  • Neurocritical care services
  • Trauma critical care services
  • Post-operative care following coronary artery bypass surgeries, thoracotomy and valve replacement surgeries, major abdominal, head, neck and spine surgeries
  • Medical emergencies such as diabetic ketoacidosis, acute myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, liver failure, renal failure, stroke, haematological malignancy services with ICU support
  • All forms of organ support: continuous renal replacement therapy, slow low efficiency dialysis, cytokine removal with special filter
  • Involvement of allied health professionals: physiotherapy, dietitian, occupational therapy and pharmacy support
  • Multimodal pain management in the critically ill
  • Isolation rooms for infective cases such as pulmonary TB, influenza, varicella zoster
  • Maintenance of organ donors for organ harvesting in patients who are brain dead and potential donors
  • Anyone who will benefit from advance monitoring and critical care
  • Radio-interventional services

Critical care doctors also work closely with doctors from many specialties, including anesthesiology, internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, cardiovascular medicine, cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, neurology, pediatrics, surgery and transplant medicine. Together, the team provides high-quality and safe critical care in operating rooms, ICUs and other hospital settings.

Unit Philosophy

Each patient, along with their family and friends is a unique individual with physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs. These needs are met by using a high level of specialist knowledge and clinical skills, within a framework of good communication and teamwork.

Our overall aim is to always care for our patients, families and friends in a manner in which we would like to be cared for ourselves – with dignity and respect.

We believe that relatives should be well informed and encouraged to participate in the care of their loved ones.

We also recognise that some of our patients, despite skilled treatment and care, may not recover. In these circumstances we will endeavour to ensure that comfort and dignity is maintained and that wishes of family and friends are respected.

We recognise the importance of updating our clinical knowledge as a means of ensuring and improving quality care.

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Meet Our Intensive Care Specialist

Get to know our specialists here at Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara.

Resident Consultant

Dr Shanthi Ratnam

Dr Shanthi Ratnam

MBBS (IND) , MRCP (UK) , Fellow of the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine Australia New Zealand (FJFICM) , Fellow of College of Intensive Care Medicine Australia New Zealand (FCICM)

Spoken Language
Cantonese, English, Malay, Tamil

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