Attending physicians with qualifications and credentials in critical care rotate for 24-hour coverage of the SICU, along with a dedicated team of trained nursing staff. These surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses are complemented by surgical specialists in neurology, orthopedics, emergency medicine and other subspecialties.
For planned, or elective, surgeries, patients receive a tremendous amount of pre-surgical information. SICU staff work with emergency and trauma patients and their families to familiarize them with the intensive care unit. Length of stay in the unit varies, depending on the complexity of the surgical procedure, the comorbidity and condition of the patient. In all cases, patients and their families participate in discussions and plans, learn about treatment options and are part of all decisions affecting their care. Patients are typically discharged to high dependency unit or a general care floor within Apollo Hospitals Bangalore according to their clinical condition.