Critical Care Services
We are a Level 6 hospital located at Kisii County Milimani serving patients from all walks of life. We now have a 5-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and a 4-bed High Dependence Unit (HDU). Our CCU is designed with the critically ill patients in mind, moreover, we operate 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
What is the difference between an ICU and an HDU?
The ICU caters to patients with severe or life-threatening illnesses and injuries, which require constant care, close supervision from life support equipment, and medication to ensure normal bodily functions. While an HDU is an intermediate ward for patients who require close observation, treatment, and nursing care that cannot be provided in a general ward, but whose care is not at a critical stage to warrant an ICU bed.
Our ICU is mandated to provide specialized treatment to patients who are critically ill and hence require life support systems to help them live. Each patient bed has a ventilator, a cardiac monitor, an attendant control panel, a ripple mattress, bedside guard rails, and wheels for easy patient mobility. Moreover, we have a C-arm X-ray that is mobilized to take imaging at the patient’s bedside.
In addition, we are staffed with specially trained healthcare professionals who have experience with modern life-saving monitoring equipment. We house experienced medical specialists, medical officers, and critical care nurses specially trained in life support and trauma management.
Patients may be admitted to an HDU bed because they are at risk of requiring intensive care admission, or as a step-down between intensive care and ward-based care. HDU is also appropriate for patients who have had major surgery and for those with single-organ failure. People spend varying lengths of time in HDU, depending on the nature of their illness and the demands on the unit