Life Sustaining Treatments
Common procedures a patient may require while in the ICU:
This treatment controls a patient’s breathing by use of an Endotracheal Tube (ETT). An ETT is a narrow tube placed through the mouth and passed down through the throat to the lungs. The ETT can also be inserted into the neck. This is known as a Tracheostomy. The tubes, in both situations, are connected to a ventilator that assists and controls the patient’s breathing.
A thin catheter placed in a large vein of the body to give multiple medications and draw blood quickly.
A thin catheter is placed in an artery to measure constant blood pressure and to draw blood.
A machine used to "clean" the blood of toxins and remove fluid that a kidney cannot.
Nutrition can be administered through the IV or through a tube placed into the nose or mouth and passed down to the stomach.
Medications used to support heart function including increasing or decreasing blood pressure.
A surgical opening into the windpipe, or tracheo, which is made to create an airway for breathing. Once the opening is made, a small tube is inserted. Most often, the tube is then attached to a breathing machine, also known as a ventilator. Read a brochure on Tracheostomy.