Traumatology Intensive Care
The work we carry out at the Intensive Care Medicine Department greatly affects that of other specialties, as well as the care that can be offered by the Traumatology and Rehabilitation Ward.
Structurally, we distinguish between two levels of treatment complexity at the Traumatology Intensive Care Department: one intensive, or high complexity, and another semi-intensive, or medium complexity. The Neurotraumatology Intensive Care Medicine Department has an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and a Semi-Intensive Care Unit.
The Neurotraumatology Intensive Care Unit presents the following characteristics:
- Specialised staff with extensive experience.
- A good location, as it is on the 1st floor, near the A&E Department and the scanner, and allows for easy evacuation of patients in case of emergency.
- The Intermediate Care Unit helps provide progressive care for certain ICU patients, as well as helping treat patients who, though not suitable for intensive care, might not be able to be admitted to a hospitalisation ward.
- Neurotraumatology Clinical Research Unit.
- Reference unit in Catalonia for acute spinal lesions.
- Reference unit for Catalonia in the treatment of patients diagnosed with malignant infarction of the middle cerebral artery.
- The Unit enjoys an extremely high level of credibility and prestige, making it the first option for medical residents from all over Spain and other specialists to update their knowledge in our areas of reference.
Most of the research and clinical trials carried out at the Neurotraumatology Intensive Care Unit are carried out through the Neurotraumatology and Neurosurgery Research Unit (UNINN), set up in 1992.
The UNINN is composed of a multidisciplinary team (neurosurgeons, intensivists, anaesthetists, neuroradiologists, rehabilitators and neuropsychologists), and support staff contracted by the Unit. It has carried out several subsidised research projects, doctoral theses and multicentre, international clinical trials, which are carried out largely at the Traumatology Intensive Care Medicine Unit.
The Neurotraumatology and Neurosurgery Research Unit has two co-directors, namely Dr J. Sahuquillo and Dr M. A. Poca, from the Neurosurgery Department, and Dr A. Garnacho, from the Neurotraumatology Intensive Care Unit.
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.