Our inpatient nursing care
Our inpatient nursing care focusses on orthopaedics, rheumatology, spinal cord injury, and rehabilitation. We look after patients in a highly professional manner, and tailor nursing care to meet their individual needs.
Orthopaedics and rheumatology
Nursing care around the time of operation and the different types of pain therapy are major aspects of orthopaedic surgery. We also focus on the support and alleviation of rheumatological diseases. Discussions with patients are also part of our routine work. Close cooperation with all the professionals involved in patient care is of great importance. Nursing care at Balgrist University Hospital is ISO certified.
Ward managers of the orthopaedic unit
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Spinal Cord Injury Centre
The Spinal Cord Injury Centre covers all aspects of acute care and rehabilitation. Looking after paralysed patients requires a high degree of expertise in dealing with crisis situations, and in supporting and encouraging the patient to become as independent as possible.
Looking after patients on mechanical ventilation, encouraging the use of resources and guidance are the key functions of routine nursing care. The patient and primary nurse determine intermediate goals that are checked regularly and adapted as necessary. Each ward has a responsible nursing officer who offers support in all questions of quality management. The qualified nursing staff working in the Spinal Cord Injury Centre have extended expertise in the following areas
- Wound management
- Positioning and transfer techniques
- Bladder and bowel management
- Prevention and treatment of pressure sores
- Treatment of swallowing difficulties
- Care of patients with tracheostomies and on mechanical ventilation
- Methods of self-management for patients
- Family-centred care
The rehabilitation unit offers patients with particular diseases or following surgical procedures the opportunity to recover in a pleasant atmosphere. Our goal is to provide the necessary support for the patient to achieve maximum independence and the best possible quality of life. Together with their relatives, we prepare patients to return to their homes and familiar surroundings.
Intermediate Care / Recovery room
Patients who have just undergone surgery may need intensive care for a short period in the intermediate care unit with its integrated recovery room. We also provide the initial care for patients with signs of paralysis who may later need to be transferred to our Spinal Cord Injury Centre.