Patients in serious or critical condition (caused by injury or disease, for example) are treated in our intensive care unit. Intensive care medicine is a key tenet of acute medicine involving the use of high-tech machines and close patient monitoring by a specialist team.
We offer 24-hour intensive care in our intensive care unit (ICU), high dependency unit (HDU) and day-case unit with a total of 13 beds.
Our patients are at the centre of everything we do. Our team of specially trained doctors and specialist nurses provide 24-hour treatment and monitoring. We use the latest technology and our state-of-the-art hospital infrastructure to ensure the highest possible standard of patient care and monitoring.
Intensive care unit (ICU)
Our intensive care unit has 2 intensive care beds equipped with the latest technology and, in total, we can provide 13 beds where patients are able to receive ventilatory support. Our specially trained nurses and intensive care doctors are available 24 hours a day to provide care for patients following complex surgery or those in a critical condition.
High dependency unit (HDU)
We have 6 beds in our high dependency unit and, if needed, all 13 beds in the ICU, HDU and day-case unit can be used as high-dependency beds. The purpose of the HDU is to monitor postoperative patients and patients whose condition has declined. Our specialist nurses and doctors are specifically trained in evaluating acute and complex situations and initiating targeted interventions.
Interdisciplinary surgical and medical day-case unit
Our interdisciplinary day-case unit is equipped with 5 beds for minor surgical procedures, examinations and infusions. Patients are admitted, treated and discharged on the same day. Trained staff monitor patients immediately leading up to and following their operations. Patients are then able to return home to a familiar environment that same day.
Information for visitors to the intensive care unit
- Visiting times can be arranged individually by speaking to the nursing staff.
- Please do not bring flowers, food or candles into the ICU.
- Don't be afraid to ask questions. Nursing staff will be happy to talk to you about the patient's current condition.
Early warning system
Privatklinik Bethanien is one of the first medical establishments in Switzerland to have introduced the routine use of an early warning system.
Patient safety is the top priority in the standard care strategy used at any healthcare facility. Our early warning system improves patient safety in our inpatient departments. It means that if a patient’s condition deteriorates critically, this is spotted quickly and the right response can be delivered in a timely manner. Our early warning system is based on a scoring system which uses patients’ vital signs as its basic inputs. Using an early warning system can help doctors to decide whether a patient should be transferred to our intensive care unit.
Further information about patient safety is available here.