Intensive care medicine
Our mission is to restore the health of all critical or potentially critical hospital patients using advanced monitoring and support systems. Our work with patients is carried out both within the Intensive Care Unit and outside it, 24 hours a day, every day of the year. We have the knowledge and technical means to treat the most complex patients.
The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) treats 1,200 of the most complex critical patients every year. Additionally, the Department supports other serious patients not in the ICU but who require assessment from specialists in intensive care medicine.
The Intensive Care Medicine Department leads many hospital programmes, such as: Code Sepsis, care for cardiorespiratory disease and the ECMO programme, and collaborates actively in the Organ Donation and Transplant Programme.
We also bring together different professional groups (doctors, nurses, administrative staff, orderlies, cleaning staff, etc.), resulting in a multidisciplinary department in which teamwork is essential. Our goal is to humanise the ICU to make it an environment in which professionals, families and patients are comfortable.
The Intensive Care Medicine Department has its own research group at the VHIR Research Institute, in the area of Infectious Diseases: the SODIR Research Group (Shock, Organic Dysfunction and Resuscitation).
The SODIR has 2 areas of research:
- Critical Patient Sepsis and Infections Research Division, which includes research into: sepsis, septic shock and infections in critical patients.
- The Organic Dysfunctions and Resuscitation Research Division pursues research into: acute respiratory insufficiency, lung transplants, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), neurocritical pathology and critical renal pathology.
SODIR has created a Clinical Research Unit to take part in clinical trials sponsored by the industry, and supports competitive research projects. The Unit is made up of nurses and doctors dedicated exclusively to clinical research, and currently has 11 active clinical trials.
Teaching activity at the Intensive Care Medicine Department encompasses the teaching of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing training of professionals in treating critical patients. We have been accredited to train 3 residents in intensive medicine annually. We organise several yearly courses, such as: Ventilung, Ecolung, ECMObarna and SedUCI.
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Fermín Fernández Álvarez, Porter Coordinator, explains the importance of the role these professionals play in the hospital. After 36 years at Vall d’Hebron, Fermín is a real master of the ways things are done. He says that a porter has to combine humility, discretion and safety with a single goal: that patients receive human and friendly treatment.
The constant search for excellence is part of Hospital Vall d’Hebron’s nature. The biggest hospital in Catalonia and the leader in many fields, headed since February 2015 by Dr. Vicenç Martínez Ibáñez, who has a close personal and professional relationship with the Hospital. Dr. Martínez Ibáñez says that if Vall d’Hebron did not exist, it would need to be invented. The current director trained at the hospital, where he was one of the protagonists of an historic moment: the first paediatric liver transplant in Spain. Now, he is committed to continuing this legacy and, always putting the patient first, achieving excellence across all staff.
The Neonatology Department’s Sibling Project is a workshop for the siblings of new-born babies admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in the Vall d’Hebron Maternity and Children's Hospital. Through simulated games and situations, the project prepares them to get used to seeing their younger siblings in a hospital medical setting.
Vall d’Hebron University Hospital’s kitchen serves more than 1,000 meals a day, twice a day, not counting breakfast. A reality that José Parrilla and Carmina Esteban know all too well.From three kitchens to one and from coal to gas. That is how the hospital’s catering service has evolved. A place where the needs of each patient must be taken into account and where there is room for small, juicy anecdotes.
The former head of the Thoracic Surgery Department, Dr. Mercè Canela, recently retired, recalls the important evolution of the Department to become a leader in Spain and a lung transplant pioneer. A task made possible thanks to collaboration with professionals from other departments, an added value in the personal and team environment.
Rosalia Moure arrived at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in 1967. She spent her entire working life in the linen and laundry department of the Hospital. Rosalia Moure has witnessed the Hospital’s big transformations, from dictatorship to democracy and from analogue to digital systems.
Dr. Josep Sánchez de Toledo Codina, head of the Paediatric Haematology and Oncology Department, tells us about a Department that has laid the foundations for the specialism in Spain. He also remembers the evolution of transplants from haematopoietic stem cells and progenitors, from the beginning, buying the material at a shop in Barcelona city centre, to the more than 1,200 transplants that have now been performed.
Dr. Francesc Bosch, Head of the Haematology Department, talks about the complexity of the Department, which has turned Vall d’Hebron into a reference centre in haematology thanks to its commitment to transplants and the use of new treatments. The Clinical Trials Unit helps a lot, giving access to treatments for complex patients.