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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).

We treat patients with the most serious, life-threatening diseases in order to maintain the function of vital organs or, in the event of organ failure, to be able to restore them. For this purpose, it is necessary to continuously monitor the patients or to use organ replacement procedures (e.g. liver replacement procedures, artificial ventilation, kidney replacement procedures or circulatory replacement procedures).

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

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

For us, the focus is on the patient and his/her relatives with all their needs. In addition, we also value research and teaching. Clinical research projects are mainly carried out here. In addition, nursing research was also established at our intensive care unit, including the introduction of the intensive care diary.

There are currently 5 doctors 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

Nursing management: Oberpfleger Gerhard Heinrich

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