Consistent treatment processes
Normally, the first contact between patient and the medical specialist takes place on an outpatient basis. During this initial examination, a therapy plan is prepared and discussed with the patient. Because of these prearrangements, examinations and treatment take place quickly. At the Uniklinik RWTH Aachen, a case manager organises appointments for medical treatment and subsequent treatment for each patient. This ensures appropriate provision of medical care according to requirements in the standard wards (standard care), in the intensive care units and in intermediate care. Medical care remains the responsibility of the same professor from the very beginning in this process.
Surgical management as a team of specialists
Approximately 80 surgical procedures take place daily in 30 expertly equipped operating rooms with the most stringent hygienic standards. Among other things, these include an operating room especially for very heavy overweight patients. The central surgical management handles planning to ensure the smooth flow of procedures. Over 100 anaesthesiologists are coordinated here, assigned on a case-by-case basis to satisfy the specific experience requirements. For example, anaesthesia on children is conducted by specially certified paediatric anaesthesiologists, just as there are experts for the surgical monitoring of extensive cardiac or vascular surgery with heart-lung machines (HLM). Our well-rehearsed surgical teams consist of up to twelve persons – according to requirements – and are available around the clock.
Ideal treatment in the intensive care unit
Intensive care treatment may be temporarily required in the case of serious illnesses or after operations. The intensive care and intermediate care units with a total of approximately 150 fully equipped beds are managed in an interdisciplinary manner by the physicians involved. The nursing staff has additional intensive care qualifications. Technology and hygiene are of the highest standards. Facilities include a special unit for severe burn victims, a stroke unit for stroke patients and an intensive care unit with 33 beds for children and premature infants. Our intensive medicine offers ideal treatment for severely ill patients of all ages.