Neurological Rehabilitation Clinic RehaNova Cologne

Cologne, Germany

Department of Neurorehabilitation

Axel Rieker

Prof. Dr. med.

Axel Rieker

Specialized in: neurosurgery

As RehaNova has its emphases on neurological early rehabilitation it is optimally prepared for the medical care of severely sick patients, which may potentially require intensive care medicine. For this purpose an in-house intensive care unit equipped with 19 intensive care beds and also 9 respiration units with complete neuromonitoring is available. Through close co-operation with the dialysis centre of the Cologne-Merheim State Hospitals medical care can even be provided for dialysis patients.

The so called “protected” or “secured” area is a ward with neuropsychological emphasis and its intention is to admit disorientated patients at risk of wandering off. During the early rehabilitation phase neurological patients with severe memory disorders (amnesia) or speech disorders (aphasia) in connection with disorientation, lack of acceptation of the disease, being at risk of wandering off or showing signs of personality- and behavioural changes (e.g. aggressive outbursts, intense unrest, obtrusive behaviour) usually require a safeguarded, specialized and suitable therapy-environment to treat this symptomatology.

Patients who show signs of being infected with MRSA and other multiresistant germs will be admitted to the isolation ward. In recent years the number of patients worldwide who are infected with methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)-germs considerably increased. This is why the clinic decided to convert a conveniently located peripheral ward into a special isolation ward; the conversion was implemented in 2003 – just a few years after the opening of our clinic. Here the patients are accommodated in separate single wet rooms. When entering the room the gown will be changed and face mask, head cover and also gloves will be put on. The gowns remain in the room and are disposed of in special laundry bags.


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