Unit description and Key Contacts
- ICU + Coronary Care Unit: maximum capacity of 6 ‘packages’ – that is, 6 ICU patients, or up to 12 HDU or CCU patients. An ICU patient is nursed 1:1, where HDU or CCU is 2:1 – being ventilated, on renal replacement therapy, and a variety of other indications will result in a patient being ICU rather than HDU, and generally you will have a mix of both
- CCU patients often occupy the same beds as ICU and share nursing staff, but are looked after by cardiology doctors and you will have nothing to do with them. However, at night and on weekends, the ICU registrars are, if available, the first port of call for CCU patients. If they are not available (sick patient, MET call etc) then the nurses will ring the on-call Cardiologist.
UNIT STAFF MEMBERS – KEY CONTACTS
- Six staff specialists: Dr Jason Fletcher (clinical director of the unit), Dr Emma Broadfield, Dr Cameron Knott, Dr Janice Yeung, Dr Tim Chimunda (supervisor of training for registrars and HMOs) and Dr Sanjay Porwal.
- One VMO: Dr John Dyett (works 4 weekends per year)
- Drs Fletcher, Porwal and Chimunda work at SJOG private ICU as well as the Bendigo base, Dr Broadfield also consults as a respiratory physician
- All the consultants are approachable, keen to teach and very supportive.
- Darcy Bales is the head of the nursing
- Jenni Tuena is the clinical nurse consultant
- An Associate Nurse Unit Manager (ANUM), who works very closely with the consultant in running the unit and managing workloads and capacity, oversees each shift.
- There is a registrar on ICU at all times, day 8am-8.30pm and night 8pm-8.30am, outreach duties are from 9am-4.30pm or 5pm during the week, and occasionally on weekends from 8am-8pm
- Generally a total of five registrars are on the roster at any one time, and usually are a mix of ED, ICU, Anaesthetic and Physician trainees of varying seniority and ICU experience.
- Small group of senior allied health staff who are worth getting to know early. The key ones are the physiotherapist (Elia), dietitian (Lauren), pharmacist (Arun) and social worker (Bec).