John V Farman Intensive Care Unit
JVF ICU is a 20-bed general intensive care unit which admits more than 1,000 patients per year.
Our surgical case load at Addenbrooke’s Hospital arise from all the major surgical specialties including liver and multi-visceral transplantation, hepatobiliary, upper gastrointestinal, urology, and gynaecological oncology. The complex medical case mix reflects the medical specialties in Addenbrooke’s with patients from hepatology, haematology, and renal and respiratory medicine.
The unit is well equipped with SERVO-i ventilators, Prismaflex haemofiltration machines and PICCO, LiDCO and LiMON monitoring units.
The JVF ICU is recognised for training at all levels in intensive care medicine by the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) and General Medical Council (GMC), and participates in the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) Case Mix Programme. A 24/7 medically-led Rapid Response Team has recently been established, and there is a weekly ICU follow up clinic.
The Unit commemorates the late Dr John Vernon Farman, who was a consultant anaesthetist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital between 1966 and the year of his sudden, unexpected death in 1988. Dr Farman was responsible for intensive care at the old and new Addenbrooke’s Hospitals, after succeeding Dr Harold Youngman, who had co-founded Cambridge’s first ICU in 1959. Dr Farman was a founding member of the Intensive Care Society and also worked closely with Professor Sir Roy Calne on the Addenbrooke’s – King’s College Hospital liver transplant programme. He was an enthusiastic teacher and wrote many academic papers, as well as several books. His deep commitment to his patients was reflected in his insistence on the use of the name ‘intensive care unit’, rather than ‘intensive therapy unit’.
We will be updating this site regularly with educational content, details of our courses, research activity, and our publications.
Recent JVF ICU posts
Journal Club: BREATHE (JAMA 2018)
Effect of Protocolised Weaning With Early Extubation to Noninvasive Ventilation vs Invasive Weaning on Time to Liberation From Mechanical Ventilation Among Patients With Respiratory Failure
JAMA, 2018. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.13763
Presented by Dr Joel Davis, ACCS CMT
Journal Club – Terlipressin vs Noradrenaline in ACLF
Dr Laura Hobbs (anaesthetics registrar) takes us through the background into a hot-off-the-press RCT.
TERLIPRESSIN IS SUPERIOR TO NORADRENALINE IN THE MANAGEMENT OF ACUTE KIDNEY INJURY IN ACUTE ON CHRONIC LIVER FAILURE