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Our UHN programs and services are among the most advanced in the world. We have grouped our physicians,
staff, services and resources into 10 medical programs to meet the needs of our patients and help us make
the most of our resources.
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In October 2013, members of Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals’ fourcritical care teams showcased their units’ cutting-edge technology, inter-professionalservices and best practices during Critical Care Week. (Photo: UHN)
What makes UHN’s ICUs exemplary?First and foremost, it’s the committed, caring people who work in UHN’s ICUs that make it exceptional. These professionals are amazing models of inter-professional teams; each member has a particular role, contributes and collaborates. They’re highly specialized, compassionate and respect the values and needs of patients and their families. The four units also collaborate to share best practices.
Reacting to the unexpectedWhat goes on in UHN’s ICUs can be unpredictable. Caregivers often need to react to emergencies like cardiac arrests, or the after effects of spinal cord injuries, strokes, post-transplant complications or multisystem failure, to name just a few conditions. They deal with crisis situations every day.
What patients can count on
The calibre of clinical care provided to patients at UHN is world-class. The patient is the centre of everything. In addition, in serious or fatal situations, staff provide emotional support to patients, family members as well as colleagues. They also do "the little things" that count, like washing a patient's hair in bed when he or she cannot make it to the shower. They work as a close-knit family to provide the best possible care.
Technology and clinical know-how
Care is complex. The ICUs are equipped with cutting-edge technology that allows staff to perform interventions that are not common in other hospitals. Machines such as the left ventricular assist device (LVAD), a mechanical pump that's used to support heart function and blood flow in people who have weakened hearts and the
Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) machine, which have brought patients back from the brink of death, are part of standard care.
'Can do' attitudes
A patient in a coma, who was at death's door for several months, was kept alive on ECLS. She was able to leave the hospital after 10 months. Denise Morris, the unit's Nurse Manager, proudly recounts, "We push the limits. No one would have thought of asking a patient to walk while hooked up to an ECLS machine, but we did. We have a philosophy of, 'Why not try it? Don't tell me why I can't. Tell me how I can,'."
Watch "Making MSICU Extraordinary"
Constant learning – long-term commitment
The culture of learning contributes to employee retention and attracts new staff. Educators provide on-going world-class innovative training and mentorship for nurses, residents, fellows, medical students and practicing clinicians. Units participate in local, national and international research programs.
The need for critical care is not a choice, but if needed, patients and families receive outstanding care at UHN's four ICUs.
Other technology used at UHN's ICUs: