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Internal intensive care unit 13H1

13H1 is the internal intensive care unit of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University Clinic for Internal Medicine III of the Medical University of Vienna. This internal intensive care unit is an intensive care unit of the highest care level (level III).

Patients with severe, life-threatening diseases are treated here in order to maintain the function of vital organs or, in the case of organ failure, to restore them. For this purpose, it is necessary to continuously monitor the patients or to use organ replacement procedures (such as liver replacement procedures, artificial respiration, kidney replacement procedures or circulatory replacement procedures).

13H1 is a general internal medicine intensive care unit with a focus on the specialties of hepatology and gastroenterology. As a result, we have above-average expertise in the treatment of acute/chronic liver failure of various etiologies. At the same time, we also pay special attention to metabolic changes, as well as artificial nutrition of our critically ill patients.

As organ replacement procedures, the "Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System" (MARS therapy) can be used for liver failure, intermittent/continuous hemodialysis or hemofiltration for kidney failure, and artificial respiration up to extracorporeal procedures that support or partially replace lung function (ILA and ECMO therapy) for lung and/or cardiovascular failure. In addition, we have a sonography device for performing echocardiographies and sonographies of various organ systems, several different endoscopies for performing gastroscopies, colonoscopies and bronchoscopies, hemodynamic monitors to ensure intensive monitoring of cardiovascular conditions, as well as a metabolic monitor for recording changes in energy and substrate metabolism for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes directly at the bedside.

For us, the focus is on the patient and her/his relatives with all their needs. In addition, we also attach great importance to research and teaching. This mainly involves clinical research projects. In addition, nursing research could be established at our intensive care unit, among others with the introduction of the intensive care diary.

Currently, 5 physicians are assigned to the internal intensive care unit 13H1:

Ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. Christian Zauner (Senior specialist)
Dr. Monika Schmid (specialist)
Assoc.Prof.PD.Dr. Ulrike Madl (specialist)
Dr. Mathias Schneeweiss-Gleixner
Dr. Marlene Wewalka (specialist)

The nursing team is an integral part of the collegial treatment team of the internal intensive care unit 13H1. There are 32 very dedicated and highly motivated nursing staff working here. Under the direction of DKKP Dr. Patrik Heindl, nursing science projects are regularly developed and implemented. 

Medical Director: Univ. Prof. Dr. Michael Trauner

Senior specialist: Ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. Christian Zauner

Head of Nursing Department: Oberpfleger Gerhard Heinrich

Ward nurses: DGKP Adelbert Bachlechner, Msc, DGKS Karin Sima