Intensive care rehabilitation and early stage rehabilitation

We work very closely together with the University Clinic Bonn in order to ensure that our patients get the very best treatment and experience a seamless and straightforward transition from intensive care to early stage rehabilitation. Within the framework of an integration model, the University Clinic runs an intensive care unit within our centre.


Intensive care beds: oxygen supplies, breathing apparatus, devices for monitoring vital parameters, electronically controlled drug pumps, the possibility of dialysis.

Intensive care unit: Features and facilities

Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. med. Christian Putensen and Prof. Dr. med. Hans Karbe, a team of staff at our intensive care unit treat the most severely affected patients. Directly following the acute event, the focus of treatment is above all on methods of life-support. The facilities available correspond to the intensive care standards of a maximum care clinic: from emergency medical equipment to everything that is needed for comprehensive diagnostics, artificial respiration, dialysis and the consistent monitoring of patients.

Early mobilisation methods

Where possible, we try to mobilise the patients early on, whilst they are still in intensive care, thus taking advantage of the benefits of prompt treatment. As soon as our patients' conditions have stabilised, they pass into our department for early stage rehabilitation, where the therapies are intensified and a treatment strategy is decided upon.

A new discipline with a great track record


The intensive care rehabilitation unit is closely connected to our department for early stage rehabilitation, meaning that doctors, therapists, carers and social workers can work together side by side in an interdisciplinary context, from the very first stage of treatment.

Early stage rehabilitation: Features and facilities

Early stage rehabilitation is where intensive care and rehabilitation meet. From here, the patient can be seamlessly transferred to further rehabilitation and plans can be made concerning what aftercare measures are to be taken.

Our department is equipped with a comprehensive range of intensive care devices, including 15 artificial respiration units. We treat severely ill patients, primarily from the areas of neurology, neurosurgery and neurotraumatology, using both methods from intensive care medicine and rehabilitation.

Artificial respiration: Withdrawal and adjustment

One focus of our treatment is the use of a discontinuous standardised approach to wean patients off the use of artificial respiration aids, above all in cases of neuromuscular illness or existing lung and interstitial lung diseases. Should long-term or constant artificial respiration be required, the patient is introduced to a method that can be used at home.

In early stage rehabilitation it is important that all appropriate therapies are efficiently and promptly employed in order to make the most of individual patients' potentials – in other words, the nervous system's ability to regenerate itself.

Multidisciplinary intensive care knowledge

Under the leadership and supervision of Dr. med G. Ketter and Dr. med. Christian van der Ven, a multidisciplinary team works closely together to offer our patients both medical and intensive therapeutic care. Our multidisciplinary intensive care knowledge, above all that of the doctors and the therapeutic care staff, forms the basis of our careful treatment of both general and specific neurological and neurosurgical complications. They do everything they can to ensure that the period of rehabilitation is not interrupted by medical complications.

Individual therapy plans

Doctors, therapeutic care workers and therapists from the fields of cognitive and motor rehabilitation work closely as a team to put together a therapy plan for each individual patient. The rehabilitation process is consistently improved and adjusted in line with the patient's acute medical condition.

Close involvement of family members

The close involvement of the patient's family also forms part of our treatment concept. We discuss what the patient's lifestyle and their personal situation was like before their illness in order to gain a more complete picture of them, and are thus able to plan our therapies to match the individual as best we can. We also invite the patient's relatives and friends to come and help decorate the patient's room. This ensures the patient is in familiar surroundings, which supports the healing process.

Comprehensive medical services

If emergencies arise we are able to bring our patients directly to the intensive care unit and treat them there in acute care clinical settings. Our state-of-the-art in-house department for neuro-urology provides treatment for urological disorders.
Many areas are covered by our in-house and external consultation service system, as well as through our close relationship with the University Clinic Bonn. In emergencies, patients can be transferred immediately to our in-house intensive care unit.

Closely linked with other departments

Our work and that of other rehabilitation wards within the clinic are closely interconnected, ensuring that our patients remain motivated throughout their treatment and are able to get back to living an independent life as soon as possible.

Life after being discharged

For all questions regarding what is to happen after leaving the clinic, and what assistance you will need in terms of new domestic fittings, care, or professional aid, we are of course happy to advise you and put you in touch with the right person. Our interdisciplinary team responsible for post-inpatient care is available to answer your questions at all times.

Doctors responsible for intensive care rehabilitation:

Prof. Dr. med. Christian Putensen, Head of the Department Clinic for Anaesthesiology and Surgical Intensive Care Medicine at the University Clinic Bonn

Prof. Dr. med. Hans Karbe, Medical Director of the Rehabilitation Centre Godeshöhe, Neurology Specialist, Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine Specialist

Doctors responsible for early stage rehabilitation:

Senior Physician Dr. med. G. Ketter, Neurosurgery Specialist with additional training in Intensive Care Medicine and Emergency Medicine, Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine Specialist

Senior Physician Dr. med. Christan van der Ven, Neurology Specialist and Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine Specialist