Caboolture Hospital Intensive Care Unit receives 400 patients in first 12 month of opening

Caboolture Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has received 400 patients since it opened in August last year.

Father of three Leigh Nicholls, 36, is one of the patients, who received lifesaving treatment there when his lungs filled with fluid and his body became oxygen starved, during a severe case of pneumonia last year.

“I came undone in the space of an hour,” Mr Nicholls said. “I stopped breathing for a short period of time before being placed in an induced coma. I didn’t wake up until Sunday morning.”

Mr Nicholls was revived and rushed into the Intensive Care Unit where he was cared for by intensive care specialists and nurses.

“At one stage I can remember being awake with my eyes closed and I couldn’t feel my arms and legs. I thought I was in an empty shell,” he said.

“I could hear the intensive care nurses talking to me explaining what they were doing to me. It calmed me down and took the scary feeling right away.”

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said Caboolture Hospital’s ICU meant that critically ill patients requiring highly specialised intensive care were now being treated at Caboolture Hospital and lives were being saved.

Source: Quest News

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