The Intensive Care Unit at MedStar Harbor Hospital is full of complex, comprehensive equipment. Here is a list of the equipment involved in caring for our patients: 

  • Arterial Line: A small tube or catheter that is inserted into the artery to continuously monitor blood pressure and obtain blood samples.

  • Blood Pressure Cuff: A large cuff placed on the arm or the leg, which may be automatically or manually inflated so that the amount of pressure in the arteries can be evaluated.

  • Central Line: A catheter in the neck, chest or groin that helps monitor and treat the flow of blood. Some of these catheters may be used for giving nutrition and other medications.

    Learn more about central lines.

  • Chest Tube: A large tube inserted between the skin in the chest and the lungs. This tube removes free air or blood that may make it difficult for the patient to breathe.

  • Dialysis Catheter: A tube-like catheter inserted in the groin or neck. The catheter is hooked up to external tubing and a dialysis machine, which cleans the blood and assists the kidneys.

  • Endotracheal Tube (ETT): A breathing tube inserted through the mouth or nose that is connected to an assisted breathing machine (ventilator/respirator).

  • Urinary Catheter (also referred to as foley): A catheter inserted into the bladder to drain urine into a bag.

    Learn more about urinary catheters.

  • Heart Monitor Leads: Sticky pads that are placed on the chest of every patient to monitor the electrical activity of the heart.

  • Monitor: A TV-like screen placed at the patient's bedside and nurse's station. This device monitors the patient's blood pressure, temperature, EKG levels and other pertinent vitals.

  • Nasogastric Tube: A tube inserted through the nose that goes into the stomach or intestines to provide nutrition and remove gastric acid or secretions.

  • Peripheral IV: A small plastic tube placed into the vein, which is used to give fluid or medications.

  • Pulse Oximeter: A small probe attached to the finger, forehead or ear that helps monitor the oxygen in the blood and the patient's pulse.

  • Tracheostomy Tube: A breathing tube inserted in the neck usually when ventilator-assisted breathing is needed for a prolonged period of time.

  • Ventilator: A ventilator is a machine that helps a patient breathe by giving oxygen through a tube. The tube can be placed in the patient's mouth, nose or through a hole in the front of the neck. The tube is connected to a ventilator. A "ventilator-associated pneumonia" or "VAP" is a lung infection or pneumonia that develops in a person who is on a ventilator.

    Learn more about ventilators.

Location Information

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MedStar Harbor Hospital
3001 South Hanover St.
Baltimore, MD 21225