The west wing of Sungai Hospital’s ICU unit is equipped with a centralised monitoring system

Sungai Buloh Hospital´s West Wing intensive care unit (ICU) which was officially launched on Dec 14, is equipped with new and state-of-the-art facilities to enable centralised monitoring of patients.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said equipment at the ICU was linked under a centralised system that also collected patient data.

"Previously the nurse had to go in every time to monitor the patient; now the monitoring has become easier and facilitate the treatment.

"The machine will operate automatically and the information obtained will be more accurate; this technology is to improve the service delivery quality in the ICU," he told reporters after opening the West Wing ICU ward at the hospital.

Also present was Sungai Buloh Hospital director Datuk Dr Khalid Ibrahim.

He said the focus was still on healthcare and early treatment to prevent patients from having to be treated in the ICU; however, it depended on the patients´ level of health and type of incident such as accidents.

Meanwhile, Dr Khalid said in his speech that the West Wing ICU ward cost RM20 million to upgrade.

"The upgrade was completed in October and it has a dialysis machine, high-end ventilator, ultrasound and echocardiography machines and modern ICU beds.

"It has 24 new beds to add to the existing 18, so now there are 42 beds and can accommodate more patients requiring intensive care," he said.

The hospital´s records showed that 2,313 patients were admitted to the ICU ward in 2016 and the number this year as at November 2017, was 1,843.

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