Intensive Care Medicine

Patient gets her second wind

Elaine Wong, 50, is no stranger to challenges. She was born with a congenital bone condition called osteogenesis imperfecta that made her bones fragile and twisted her spine.

Tuesday, 31 July, 2012, 12:00am

Ready or not

Bouncing happily around the house, 3?-year-old Andrea Chiu is all giggles and smiles. It's hard to imagine that she weighed just 570 grams and was barely bigger than the palm of a hand when she was born. Arriving nine weeks ahead of term, Andrea was in crisis within a month. Her intestines became inflamed and doctors urgently had to schedule her for surgery.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Record demand for care of newborns

The demand for intensive care services for newborns in Hong Kong's public hospitals hit a record last year, taking up 108 per cent of available capacity, according to statistics released yesterday.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Mishearing cited by doctor in death case

Miscommunication may have led to a delay in transferring a dying breast-implant patient to hospital, the coroner's court heard yesterday.

Doctors waited 45 minutes for a piece of breathing apparatus to keep Zoey Leung Kwan alive on a five-minute drive from a private clinic in Jordan to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Neonatal transfers up sharply

The number of babies transferred from private hospitals to the intensive care units of public hospitals has risen by a quarter over the past three years, Hospital Authority figures show. In 2010, a total of 354 babies born in private hospitals were transferred to neonatal intensive care units in public hospitals, a rise from 312 in 2009 and 281 in 2008.

5 May 2011 - 12:00am

Move to reassure staff on maternity services

The health minister yesterday agreed to uphold the quality of maternity services, perhaps by controlling the number of mainland women giving birth in the city.

22 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Nurses on the front line caring for fragile lives

An electronic monitor gives off a beeping signal in the neonatal intensive care unit of the United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong. It is a 'low oxygen' warning.

Nurse Emily Chan Sim-wah stops feeding milk to the baby boy in her arms and strokes his back.

The boy, eyes closed, breathes in - and the beeping stops.

18 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Promise of more nurses fails to satisfy doctors

Extra nurses have been promised for overstretched neonatal units, but doctors say there will still not be enough to meet the heavy demands on the service.

14 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

More neonatal staff and beds to ease strain

Neonatal intensive care units at public hospitals will get more staff and beds to deal with a flood of babies born to mainland mothers in the coming year.

The current situation had created a bottleneck in maternity services, said Secretary for Food and Health Dr York Chow Yat-ngok.

6 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Hospital Authority staff provide high-quality health care

Dr Richard Lo ('HK has good balance of public and private medical care', June 15) accuses Kaiser Permanente [health care provider] of being offensive but then makes the even more offensive claim that health care workers in the Hospital Authority are lower grade practitioners.

21 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Authority to look at alternative care for brain-damaged patients

The Hospital Authority has promised to look into the care of patients in a vegetative state or coma, including the possibility of introducing alternative treatment.

12 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Thanks for prayer, Mr Tsang but now we want action

Father of boy in vegetative state complains about care

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has pledged to say a daily prayer for a 12-year-old boy in a vegetative state after learning of his plight in an e-mail from his father complaining about inadequate hospital treatment.

2 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

FYI: What is it like to be in a lengthy coma?

In 1988, when food rationing was a daily reality in communist Poland, railway worker Jan Grzebski fell into a coma after being hit by a train. Doctors gave him only two or three years to live but in June this year - 19 years after the accident - Grzebski awoke to find the communists had fallen from power.

2 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Let your will be done

Tips on writing a living will:

Write your personal details and declare that you are of sound mind, making the directives of your own free will;

13 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Intensive-care death rate may soar, warns expert

The ICU mortality rate of Sars patients could reach 40 per cent, says a top Prince of Wales Hospital doctor

Up to four out of 10 Sars patients admitted to intensive-care wards could die if Hong Kong's hospitals continue to fill with victims of the virus, a leading doctor warned yesterday.

8 Apr 2003 - 12:00am