Department of Adult Intensive Care Unit

Department of Adult Intensive Care Unit

Chief of Service: Dr. Chan Wai Ming

Location: E2/C2, Main Block, Queen Mary Hospital

Telephone No.: 22555840/ 22555557

Fax No.: 28161559

Introduction

The Queen Mary Hospital Adult Intensive Care Unit (AICU) is an intensive care unit for managing patients with life threatening illness, injuries and multiple organ failures. It is a tertiary referral center for major trauma, burn, liver transplant and Extracorporeal Membranous Oxygenation (ECMO) services, as well as a training center for intensive care doctors and nurses.

Our unit was established in 1970 starting with 6 beds in C4. Over the years, it has been further extended to both C4 and C2 with beds shared by different specialties. In April 2004, we moved to the integrated AICU in C2 and E2 with 20 beds, including 10 positive and negative isolation rooms. With finite resources in the face of potentially infinite demand, admission guidelines and discharge criteria have been formulated to determine the priority of bed utilization. The yearly admission is about 1400 cases and the average length of stay is about 3.5 days.

Provision of intensive care services is complex and challenging. It requires a team of well trained doctors and nurses, working together with other allied health staff in a collaborative multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary team approach. The scope of intensive care nursing duties includes respiratory, cardiac, renal, neurology, surgical and other aspects. AICU doctors and nurses are required to constantly update specialty knowledge and skills to meet with expanding roles and rising service demand.

Training and development for AICU nurses mainly include orientation and mentorship for new nurses, service related in-house training and post registration certificate courses. In order to ensure safety and quality standard of intensive care services, all experienced AICU nurses are required to participate in quality improvement and training activities.

To meet with advancing medical technology, AICU is moving ahead with modernize facilities and informative technology such as the installation of clinical information system. With the recent recruitment of the AICU nurse consultant and increased Advanced Practice Nurse ratios, the AICU nursing team is aiming at further service enhancement and academic development within and beyond the ICU boundary.

Our Mission

  1. To deliver high standard and safety care to critically ill patients and their immediate families.
  2. To collaborate with multi disciplinary teams in providing high quality services through harmonious and safety approach.
  3. To maintain and enhance high standard of care through continuous improvement and research.
  4. To maximize the available resources, latest technology and professional expertise in providing optimal resuscitation and supporting services for critically ill patients.
  5. To enhance safety working environment for staff.
  6. To provide appropriate environment, facilities and competent staff for training and development of critical care personnel.

Our Services

The Queen Mary Hospital (QMH) Adult Intensive Care Unit (AICU) is an intensive care unit for managing patients with life threatening illness, injuries and multiple organ failures. It plays an important part in the delivery of comprehensive adult intensive care services for the whole hospital as well as Hong Kong West Cluster. Furthermore, it is a tertiary referral center for major trauma, burn, liver transplant and Extracorporeal Membranous Oxygenation (ECMO) services, as well as a training center for intensive care doctors and nurses. Recently, we extend our services “Critical Care Outreach Team” to general medical wards to provide adequate physiological support to imminent brain death patient where we could reserve opportunity for the organ donation. Moreover, we also provide ECMO Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (eCPR) to Accident and Emergency Department and Coronary Care Unit for those patients having witnessed cardiac arrest.