Our services at a glance:
The word "anaesthesia" is derived from Greek and means "lack of sensation/pain". It is only through our modern anaesthesia methods that we have been able to ensure that surgical and diagnostic procedures can be performed without any pain to the patient.
There are three types of anaesthesia:
- General anaesthesia
- Regional anaesthesia (numbing of a large part of the body)
- Local anaesthesia (numbing of a small part of the body)
Intensive Care Medicine
Our Intensive Care Unit provides treatment for patients who have suffered partial or complete loss of a vital organ or organ system. Our intensive care patients also include those who have undergone major surgery or have suffered poisoning or burns, patients who require treatment for infections, serious injury or shock.
The aim of intensive care treatment is to monitor the function of vital organs, provide optimal care where function has been impaired and to restore function to the affected organ(s) as far as this is possible. In addition to drug therapy, treatment also involves state-of-the-art medical devices for ventilation and dialysis, as well as equipment for monitoring cardiovascular function.
Naturally, intensive care requires the constant presence of doctors and nursing staff to ensure that even small changes in a patient's health status can be identified and treated without delay.
Alleviation of pain represents one of the medical profession's most traditional and basic responsibilities. In many cases, however, the management of patients with pain remains inadequate in spite of the fact that treatment methods available mean that even the most severe pain can now be alleviated. The realisation that chronic pain represents a disorder in its own right, which requires specialist treatment, is a fairly recent one. It was not until the 1970s that the first pain management centres opened in Germany. Our clinic offers pain management services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The main focus of our pain management team is the management of patients who have recently undergone surgery as well as the management of chronic pain patients.
For this, we have the latest pain management techniques at our disposal.
Services offered include:
- Developing drug-based and drug-free treatment plans
- PCA pumps (Patient Controlled Analgesia)
- Epidural catheter (incl. walking epidural)
- Interdisciplinary cancer patient management (oral, transdermal and pump-assisted administration)
- TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
- Peripheral nerve block
The birth of a child is an exciting time but also an intensely personal experience and no two women will have the same birth experience. Similarly, women may have very different experiences with regard to the pain associated with giving birth. Initially, many women have reservations about drug-based pain relief, partly because they equate drug-based pain relief with a kind of personal failure and partly because they are worried about potential adverse effects the drugs may have on the baby.
Fears regarding the safety of pain relief are mostly unjustified. Not only are the risks associated with modern methods of pain relief extremely low for both mother and child, but persistent pain itself can put the baby at risk by causing a reduction in the amount of oxygen that reaches the baby via the placenta.
Adequate pain relief can significantly reduce any such risk.
Epidural anaesthesia is the most widely used method of pain relief during labour and birth and is one of the safest for both mother and baby.
During epidural anaesthesia, a low dose local anaesthetic is injected via a very thin catheter into the space between the tissues in your spinal column, called the epidural space. This alleviates the pain of labour, whilst still allowing you to stand or walk around. Also referred to as a "walking epidural", this type of pain relief makes it possible for the mother to be more involved in the actual birth by helping push the baby out when the time comes. This method of pain relief is controlled by the mother-to-be herself, who can top up the anaesthetic as and when required, at push of a button. The actual concentration of the anaesthetic remains very low as a result and is not harmful to the baby. With the pain reduced, the woman can relax more easily, effectively making the process of labour easier and quicker.
Accident and Emergency
Emergency medicine is the fourth main pillar of Anaesthesiology and is concerned with the treatment of acute illness or injury, such as heart attacks and multiple injuries sustained in serious car accidents. For emergencies in the vicinity of the Hospital, an ambulance (Notarztwagen, NAW) is available 24 hours a day, which is staffed with a doctor and two paramedics. The emergency doctor's responsibilities are:
- To deliver relevant life-saving treatment
- To restore and maintain vital functions
- To deliver treatment for life-threatening conditions
- To provide expert care for patients in transit to hospital
This service is actively supported by our department, which supplies many of the emergency doctors.
For in-hospital emergencies the Surgical and Medical Intensive Care Units have dedicated crash teams on stand-by who are alerted by telephone. The Clinic also provides specially trained emergency doctors to lead medical response teams in the event of major incidents.
Members of our staff are also involved in internal and external education activities relating to emergency medicine. These activities include providing internal training events on resuscitation and life support (basic and advanced levels), providing input into the formal teaching and examination of paramedics and providing the supervision and training of paramedics during placements.