Resuscitation Unit for Adults and Children

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A brief overview of the Resuscitation Unit for Adults and Children

Our resuscitation unit focuses on complex diagnosis and treatment in patients whose dangerous health conditions are caused by the corruption of their vital functions. Thus, these patients require the maximum level of care.

Our unit consists of the Pediatric Anesthesiology and Resuscitation Unit and the Adult Anesthesiology and Resuscitation Unit. 

How will your detailed schedule look like? What type of procedures, methods or treatment can you observe? Check what can you see by shadowing every member of the mentoring team.

Is this specialty placement ideal for you?

  • Critical health conditions and fast paced work are the everyday reality of this intense shadowing placement for nurses to be. Both, adult and children patients, are frequently in life-threating conditions or after complicated surgeries and they need the support and care of nurses the most. Our care requires the constant presence of our team members, who are ready to provide immediate treatment.

  • If you look for a nursing work internship where you are going to learn and observe a lot, apply. We, as your mentoring team, are responsible for monitoring and securing the vital functions of the patient during surgery, performing inhalation anesthesia either with or without intubation, and also for assisting in postoperative care while monitoring the patient's condition. 

Let's take a closer look at the specialties…

Our center covers 3 branches of medicine. The first specialty is Anesthesiology and the Treatment of Chronical Pain, which is a practice dedicated to pain relief and the total care of the patients before, during, and after surgery. This specialty uses various pharmacological methods or alternative approaches, such as hypnosis, anesthesia, and acupuncture. It is a set of medical procedures that allow us to perform operations, medical performances, and exploratory methods under general or regional anesthesia.

Our nursing team cooperates closely with a team of doctors and takes care of patients who are often in very serious conditions.

The aim of Resuscitation is to provide a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for ill patients, who have severe life threatening health conditions that require the highest possible level of medical care. Patients are constantly monitored and our staff is ready for immediate action if necessary. We are able to perform early recognition of cardiopulmonary arrest and initiate cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) using medicaments, defibrillators, or other special equipment.

The goal of our third specialty, Intensive Care Medicine, is to help patients suffering from life-threatening injuries and illnesses (e.g. complications from surgery, accidents, infections, and severe breathing problems).

Now you can see that our care requires the constant presence of our team members, who are ready to provide immediate treatment. We, as your mentoring team, are responsible for monitoring and securing the vital functions of the patient during surgery, performing inhalation anesthesia either with or without intubation, and also for assisting in postoperative care while monitoring the patient’s condition. Since the anesthetists assist during most surgeries, you will witness a large spectrum of specialized operations within various surgical departments. This includes Neurosurgery, Cardio Surgery, Obstetrics, and other specialties.

Who do we take care of?

As far as Intensive Care Medicine goes, we take care of both adult and young patients after major surgeries, polytrauma, monotrauma, head trauma, lung transplants, and artificial lung ventilations. We also manage patients with invasive monitoring such as hemodynamic monitoring, intracranial pressure monitoring, and more.

Resuscitative care is provided for critically ill patients with failing vital functions, who are in urgent need of medical care.

Anesthesiology and the Treatment of Chronic Pain prevents patients from feeling pain during surgery. We take care of patients who have to undergo various types of operations, medical performances, or exploratory procedures.

Furthermore, we focus on treatment of patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stroke, myasthenia gravis, degenerative nerve diseases, and people who have suffered a major head injury or brain injury, and many other patients who are in need of long-term ventilator therapy. These patients require specialized rehabilitation and nutritional support.

Our methods and procedures

Our team uses various methods and procedures, to ensure the satisfaction of our patients:

  • Peripheral nerve blockades for pediatric and adult patients
  • Analgosedation especially for pediatric patients and also for adult patients
  • Sonography for early diagnosis of bleeding in cavities of traumatized patients
  • The latest video laryngoscopic method in cases of difficult intubation, including one-use intubation instruments
  • Combined neuraxial blockades for replacements of major joints (hip, knee)
  • Routine neuromuscular blockade reversal after anesthesia
  • Routine monitoring of cerebral oximetry during surgeries of extracorporeal circulation and the use of deep hypothermia
  • Arterial blood sampling to evaluate the acid-base status

How does the usual schedule look like?

  • Our team works on regular schedule. We work on 12 hour shifts, therefore the work can be exceptionally demanding. You might stay a whole shift with your mentoring team, the days at the Unit are usually very intense. Anyway, 25 hours as a minimum are guaranteed every week.  

Our Team


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DiS. Alexandra Brabcová

ICU Nurse

Nurse


I appreciate that I can be part of a team that provides professional, high-quality nursing service. The most common reasons for hospitalization are car accidents, septic shock, and various sports accidents, which vary depending on the time of year. When I do my job, I feel fulfilled, satisfied, needed, and useful. I love that I am part of a team that works on saving our patients’ lives, although, sadly, I am also present when some of our patients lose their lives.

Why did I become a healthcare professional?

When I was younger, I dreamed of becoming a nurse, wearing a uniform, and treating patients. As my aunt worked as a nurse, I have felt very familiar with the hospital environment since my childhood. Eventually, I decided to become a nurse when I was taking care of family members with oncologic diseases. As a person with no medical background up to that point, I had no experience with treating people and had to learn many things during the process. I decided to learn everything I could by becoming a nurse, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

I daresay that our department is one of the best, and working here will allow you to apply and capitalize on your theoretical knowledge. I would be honored to pass all my knowledge and practical skills on to you, make you part of the nursing process, and answer all your questions.

What do I love the most about my specialty?

I have no regrets regarding my choice of specialty. I enjoy coming in contact with a wide range of diagnoses and procedures; attending lectures, seminars, and conferences; and regularly partaking in training – my last training session was focused on ICP monitoring. Our patients are typically rotated among nurses in order to avoid mental exhaustion of the staff. However, a nurse may choose to stay with a particular patient. It isn’t always ideal to get attached to your patient, although it is sometimes inevitable when you spend 12 hours a day with them.

What can you see by shadowing our team?

Every bed (we have 22 in our ward) is equipped with a monitoring device, a ventilator, a suction unit, resuscitation and intubation devices, and a computer that provides electronic documentation. You will observe us while we take care of patients in various conditions – some have suffered from monotrauma or polytrauma; some are recovering after major surgery, such as a lung transplant; and some are undergoing artificial lung ventilation or invasive monitoring, like hemodynamic or intracranial pressure monitoring. You might see arterial blood sampling to evaluate pH balance, blood sampling for metal ion analysis, hemodynamic calculations, intravenous insertion of medicaments, CT scans, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound imaging, and assisting with invasive procedures. Our other important tasks include communicating with the patients and their family members, replenishing material, and performing medication control.

Apart from being a healthcare professional…

I enjoy running, squash, self-studying, talking with friends, and travelling.

My motto…

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
- Albert Schweitzer

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Bc. Marcela Čáková

ARU Nurse

Nurse


Being a nurse in the ARU is more than just providing basic nursing care to a patient. You also have to know how to use medical devices and technical equipment such as a ventilator, injectomat, perfusor, vital-function screen, defibrillator, bronchoscope, and dialysis machines. When I was choosing my specialty, I asked myself a simple question: “In which department would I learn the most?”. And as you know already, ARU was my decision

Why did I become a healthcare professional?

I would like to answer this question with “I always wanted to help people, animals…” But the truth is that as a child even cats were running away from me after a very poor paw bandaging. Some small details persuaded me to fill in an application to Charles University and to become a general nurse. Right now, I am happy with my job and I know that I have chosen correctly. It is truly important to find an area that you like. I worked for 4 years as a ortho-prosthetic technician and that was not the right specialty for me.

You will broaden your knowledge and you will definitely find interesting and motivating things to further your studies.

What do I love the most about my specialty?

Even though ARU is very demanding environment, I enjoy the unusual. Sometimes we take care of hospitalized patients according to the daily program, but mostly we have to deal with unexpected situations. You never know when the emergency phone will ring. Patients are brought to us in life-threating conditions, so one must always be ready to provide 100% immediate care.

What can you see by shadowing our team?

You will spend a part of my 12-hour shift with me and follow me everywhere. I will show you the basic nursing job tasks such as the re-application of bandages, managing decubitus, breathing and motional rehabilitation, as well as patient hygiene in multiple ways, according to the individual case. We provide examinations as well as diagnostic procedures - bronchoscopy, CT, MRI, ultrasound, insertion of invasive inputs, and the preparation and dilution of medicine. You may see various types of medical techniques – ventilators, defibrillators, injectomats, perfusors, and devices for cooling or heating the patient. The hospitalization of a patient includes an income box and also resuscitation and ensuring the main vital functions. Apart from these procedures we must provide CPR for the whole building for adults in the University Hospital in Motol.

Apart from being a healthcare professional...

Most of my time I spend with my dear children and husband. . I like playing volleyball, skiing, and dancing Zumba. I also like reading, and relaxing by walking through parks and forests.

My motto…

I don’t like words such as “I can’t”. Every day we can start again from the beginning.


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Bc. Alena Hyršlová

ARU Nurse

Nurse


After I tried to work outside of the health sector, I realized how important it is to believe in what you are doing and to get satisfaction from doing it. Today I work at the pediatric anaesthesiology center, which is part of the KARIM specialized center for anesthesiology, resuscitation and intensive medicine. In case of an emergency, I also help at the adult anesthesiology center, but I prefer working with children. This is what makes the most sense to me.

Why did I become a healthcare professional?

Since I always liked sports and wasn’t attracted to office professions, I applied for a school focused on physiotherapy. Sadly, I wasn’t accepted because there were too many candidates. As an alternative, I decided to choose nursing school, so I entered a four year program in medical school. I enjoyed studying very much, but my first work experience at a hospital was mentally challenging for me. It was really hard seeing sick people suffering. Eventually, though, I got used to it, and started enjoying my work.

Get the best of both worlds: Prague is a wonderful, historic city and the University Hospital in Motol is one of the best hospitals in the Czech Republic. The pediatric wing underwent huge renovations recently and has a variety of top notch equipment and technologies. The hospital personnel are highly qualified people who enjoy working with students.

What do you love the most about your specialty?

Thanks to the variety of specialties in University Hospital in Motol, the work here is never boring. What suits me about our department is the fact that we often change our place of work, which means that we have to change the doctor/nurse teams almost every day. This process makes the work much less monotonous.

What can a student see by shadowing your team?

During my workday, we can see up to ten consecutive administrations of anesthesia for short surgeries and two or three for longer surgeries. Outside of my work in the anesthesia care team, we can observe the work of surgical nurses. You will see a variety of surgical procedures and diagnostic methods. Anesthesia is performed for the following surgical specialties: urology, proctology, ENT, orthopedics, neurosurgery, maxillofacial surgery and eye surgery. The Specialized Center of Cardiovascular Surgery has its own anesthesiology department. The examination methods include all kinds of endoscopy (e.g. gastroscopy, colonoscopy and bronchoscopy), as well as imaging methods like magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, x-ray, angiography and ultrasound. Since we are a university hospital, we are used to teaching medics and interns of all specialties. If you show interest, even the non-mentoring doctors will be glad to answer any of your questions.

Apart from being a healthcare professional...

Our family generally enjoys sport, and we choose our vacations accordingly. In the winter, we go skiing in the mountains, while in the summer we like to go swimming and sightseeing. I play volleyball 3 times per week. Both of my adult sons play ice hockey, and I enjoy watching their matches. My husband loves riding his bike, so we go on cycling trips and vacations together. Sometimes we even go canoeing; we like to be outdoors with our friends. I like the cinema and theatre, too.

My motto…

Life is an empty chalice, and it is up to us how we fill it. Any meaningful path can be your purpose!

Anesthesia

Anesthesia is a unique intervention, in that it does not offer any particular benefit, rather it allows others to do things that might be beneficial.

Resuscitation

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure for manually preserving brain function until further measures to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person who is in cardiac arrest.

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