Critical Care Unit

The Critical Care Unit provides
care to patients suffering
from the impairment
of one or more vital functions.
It comprises two sub-units: 

- the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
and the Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU).

Contents


What we do

Intensive Care Unit, Intermediate Care Unit…

The Team

Specialized medical and paramedical teams 

What sets us Apart

24/7 patient safety, state-of-the-art equipment…

Quality

Dual accreditation, emergency hotline, Procedure 81…

Paint Management Consultation

For pain unrelieved by conventional treatments

Practical Information for Families

Visiting hours and policy

 

Présentation

The Critical Care Unit comprises:

  • 8 beds in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), located on the 3rd floor of Building D
  • 4 beds in the Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU), located on the 3rd floor of Building E

 

Intensive Care Unit (ICU) 

Our 24/7 medical and surgical Intensive Care Unit, featuring eight single private rooms, admits patients suffering or likely to suffer potentially life-threatening multiple organ failure. 

These patients require monitoring at close intervals, possibly combined with life-support methods such as artificial ventilation, hemodynamic support or dialysis. 

The eight rooms are laid out around a central monitoring station that gives the medical and health care team a direct view of each patient at all times. 

To enhance patient comfort, the noise level is kept to a minimum within the unit.  

 

Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU) 

Our Intermediate Care Unit, with four private rooms, provides care to patients in need of surveillance at close intervals, with continuous monitoring of vital signs.  

It is an intermediate step between the Intensive Care Unit and a traditional patient Care Unit. 

IMCU rooms are all equipped with a bathroom and Wi-Fi monitoring system allowing patients to move about freely.

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The Team

Specialized medical and paramedical teams 

The goal of the medical and paramedical teams is to provide attentive, high-quality, safe treatments guaranteeing global, personalized care to both patients and their families. 

Patients benefit from the attentive professionalism of nurses specializing in intensive care who receive specific, regularly updated  “Advanced Life Support” training in line with European standards. 

Every morning, multi-disciplinary medical staff meetings are held during which the intensivist and entire paramedical team discuss each patient.


Gilles Boccara


Sébastien Lataste

Medical team:

Dr. Gilles Boccara, Chief of Department 
Anesthesiologist-Intensivist
Former Chief of Clinic, Chief Resident and Hospital Practitioner
Doctor of Science
Gilles.boccara@ahparis.org

Dr Olivier TUIL

Dr Laurent MONTESINO

 

Paramedical team: 

Technical care manager:
Florence Degano,
Florence.degano@ahparis.org – Tel: 01 46.41.21.26.10 – BIP: 4315

Nursing manager:
Sébastien Lataste
Sebastien.lataste@ahparis.org – Tel : 01 46.41.21.25.25 – BIP : 4214

The following professionals are present on a daily basis:

  • Nurses
  • Nurse's aides
  • Physiotherapists
  • Receptionist
  • Psychologist
  • Dieticians
  • Social worker
  • Biomedical technician
  • Mobile Support Team
  • Hospital housekeeping staff
  • Room Service

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What Sets Us Apart

Safety 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

  • Each monitoring system is connected to a central station that continuously checks patients’ vital signs and sounds all relevant alarms when necessary.
  • Video surveillance helps reinforce patient safety.
  • At any time of day or night, seven days a week, an intensivist is available within the unit to provide immediate care to any patient if necessary.

State-of-the-art equipment 

The Intensive Care Unit and Intermediate Care Unit both have specific equipment designed to provide optimal care to patients:

  • Invasive and noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring
  • Invasive and noninvasive mechanical ventilation
  • Continuous hemofiltration and hemodialysis equipment
  • Electric syringe pumps and positive displacement pumps
  • Bed with built-in weighing scale and anti-bedsore mattress
  • Bronchoscope
  • Ultrasound

An environment conducive to patient comfort

  • A new unit was created in 2012.
  • Each room has large picture windows with a view of the garden. Many international studies have shown that day light and gardens are conducive to healing.
  • Mood lighting and relaxing music are available in each room.
  • A noise level indicator located in the nurses station reminds teams to make as little noise as possible. 


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Quality

Dual accreditation: Joint Commission and Haute Autorité de Santé 
A dual audit process is used to assess the Critical Care Unit’s organizational structure, the quality and safety of the care it provides and the professionalism of its medical and health care teams.

  • The Critical Care Unit is audited every four years by the French health authorities as part of the health care establishment certification process performed by the Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS).
  • The Critical Care Unit is audited every four years by the French health authorities as part of the health care establishment certification process performe• In addition, the unit voluntarily undergoes an evaluation every three years by the Joint Commission, the American organization that accredits hospitals in the United States. The American Hospital of Paris is currently the only civil establishment in the world, outside the United States, to be accredited by the Joint Commission according to American standards.d by the Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS).

Through this dual evaluation process, the hospital is able to consistently meet the highest standards in terms of patient safety and treatment efficacy.  

Dedicated emergency hotline 
An emergency hotline ensures that patients quickly receive the care they need. This line may also be used to contact repatriation companies. 

Procedure 81 - for life-threatening emergencies within the hospital
Created thirty years ago, a procedure specific to the American Hospital of Paris is used to alert and mobilize an emergency team 24/7. The team, which includes a cardiologist, intensivist and nurses, arrives in under two minutes to provide emergency care to patients in a life-threatening situation. 

Other strengths

The unit complies with the standards of the Société de Réanimation de Langue Française, a learned society specializing in critical and intensive care.

 

The environment coupled with the premium patient accommodations, through their impact on patients’ physical and moral comfort, contribute to the overall quality of care with a view toward patient recovery. 

Fight against hospital-acquired infections
Find out more

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Pain Management Consultation

Pain prevention is a daily priority for all teams at the American Hospital of Paris. Our pain prevention protocol is founded on specific training for physicians, the presence of pain reference nurses within the Care Units and the availability of patient-controlled analgesia pumps. 

Find out more about pain management


Because the American Hospital of Paris is a multi-disciplinary establishment, our anesthesiologists have the opportunity to collaborate with the other specialists also involved in pain prevention and management such as rheumatologists, neurologists or psychiatrists. This collaboration leads to improved patient assessment and greater care effectiveness.

Our pain prevention protocols are evaluated by the French health authority (Haute Autorité de Santé) and by the Joint Commission (the organization that accredits and certifies American hospitals), whose standards in this domain are particularly high. 

In its latest pain survey published in 2010, the French magazine L’Express ranked the American Hospital of Paris among the most active and successful establishments in terms of pain management.

www.lexpress.fr/palmares/hopitaux-douleur/resultats.asp

Mobile Support Team (MST)
A Mobile Support Team is at your service at the American Hospital of Paris to evaluate and help relieve physical pain, symptoms of discomfort as well as mental and emotional distress suffered by patients and their families.

MST members circulate within the patient’s hospitalization unit to meet the primary health care team and attending physician. They listen and strive to provide the best possible support to patients and their families.

The MST can be called in on request by the patient’s attending physician, in cooperation with the health care team manager or on request by the patient or their family, via the paramedical manager. 

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Practical Information for Families

A private waiting room is available for families. 

Visits
To ensure the continuity of care and the comfort of patients, certain rules have been defined:

  • Before entering and leaving the room, visitors much wash their hands with an alcohol-based solution.
  • Flowers and plants are not authorized within the unit.
  • Visits are limited to two people at a time in the room. 
  • We advise against children visiting; however, exceptions may be made after consulting the team.

 

Horaires de visite
Les patients peuvent recevoir la visite de leur famille et de leurs proches. Les heures de visite varient en fonction des unités d'hospitalisation.

Unité de Réanimation Polyvalente (ICU)

De 14h15 à 23h

Unité de Surveillance Continue (USC)

Horaires libres

Si des soins sont nécessaires pendant ces horaires de visite, les visiteurs peuvent être invités par l'équipe soignante à quitter momentanément la chambre du patient.
Pendant ces visites, il est demandé à chacun de veiller à la tranquillité des autres patients.

La rencontre avec le médecin réanimateur se fait principalement entre 14h et 15h. En dehors de ces horaires un rendez-vous doit être pris.

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HDN CODE

American Hospital Of Paris