Department Head: Ludwik G. Stołtny, MD
Head Nurse: Beata Matlok-Dudek, MA
Secretary’s office of the Department: (32) 207 18 82
Number of beds: 13
The goal of the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Therapy of the John Paul II Upper Silesian Child Health Centre is to treat patients in life threatening conditions, using 13 intensive therapy units and to anaesthetize patients for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures performed on an elective or emergency basis within the operating unit and in the anaesthetic rooms located outside the operating unit (endoscopy laboratory, hemodynamics laboratory, computed tomography and magnetic resonance laboratory). In addition, patients suffering from chronic respiratory failure are ventilated in the above department.
The patients are referred to the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care from other hospital departments. They are transported from different hospitals and from the accident site by an ambulance or helicopter. A helicopter landing platform is situated on the hospital premises.
The personnel of the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care consists of 13 assistants – specialists in anaesthesiology and intensive care and of two trainees in this specialization.
The above mentioned tasks can be performed thanks to the state of the art equipment which is completed and upgraded on a regular basis. This equipment includes: dialysis apparatus, automatic blood testing machines, docking stations for syringe pumps and latest generation respirators.
In order to increase the quality of the provided health care services, the personnel is trained on how to prevent infections, look after and feed unconscious patients and prevent bedsores.
The activity involves provision of the following health services:
- anaesthesia for diagnostic and surgical procedures
- treatment of children in life threatening conditions
- intensive care and monitoring of vital functions of children in life threatening conditions
- treatment of acute and chronic pain
- renal replacement therapy
- treatment of acute poisoning
- cooperation with other intensive therapy pediatric departments in the area of application of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy, performance of tracheostomy, treatment of children with post intubation subglottic stenosis, insertion of a valve system at children with hydrocephalus
- treatment of children after severe head injuries and multifocal injuries
The Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care provides treatment services for patients who are over one month old. In exceptional situations, with the approval of the National Health Fund, we also admit “older children”, i.e. patients suffering from the so-called childhood diseases, mucopolysaccharidosis, severe damage to the central nervous system and patients who have been ventilated at home since their childhood.
Achievements of our team:
- application of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy
- preparation of children suffering from chronic respiratory failure and their parents for home ventilation
- early rehabilitation of children treated in the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care
- management of patients ventilated at home
We have a young, yet experienced and very ambitious team. Since the establishment of the department as many as 11 assistants out of 16 team members have completed a specialization.
Trainings organised for nurses:
Nurses from the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care possess certificates of the completion of a qualification course in anaesthesiology and intensive care, a specialist course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, as well as a course in blood donation. An increasing number of our employees also possess certificates of the completion of a specialist course in anaesthesiology and intensive care and an ECG course. The newly-employed nurses are obliged to pursue an obligatory 3-month training under the supervision of an experienced nurse. The nurses also actively participate in intradepartmental trainings.
Trainings organised for medical doctors:
- specialization placements in pediatric anaesthesiology and intensive care for anaesthesiologists or in intensive pediatric therapy for paediatricians and doctors of other specialities
- a five-day specialization course in anaesthesiology and intensive care for specialists in anaesthesiology and intensive care which is organized by us – as the only institution organizing such courses in the Silesian Province.