We are the combination of four hospitals: the General Hospital, the Children’s Hospital, the Women’s Hospital and the Traumatology, Rehabilitation and Burns Hospital. We are part of the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus: a world-leading health park where healthcare plays a crucial role.
Below we will list the departments and units that form part of Vall d’Hebron Hospital and the main diseases that we treat. We will also make recommendations based on advice backed up by scientific evidence that has been shown to be effective in guaranteeing well-being and quality of life.
We will guide you from your first visit to the centre, allowing you to find all the departments and make the most of our facilities. Whatever the reason for your visit, we will explain how to get about the hospital.
Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition that occurs when the body responds to an infection and attacks its own tissue and organs. On some occasions it produces organic dysfunction (for example, hypertension), which produces an anomalous response to infection and translates into a very serious medical condition.
Septic shock occurs when abnormalities in the circulation, cells or metabolism are so severe that they increase the risk of mortality. This can be identified by persistent hypertension that requires vasopressors to maintain arterial pressure and serum lactate levels. With these criteria, and even with the necessary volume replenishment, hospital mortality rates are over 40%.
Sepsis arises from an infection which changes the body and unleashes signs that may be associated with organic dysfunction or systemic hypoperfusion. These symptoms are:
Every year there are on average 212.7 sepsis patients for every 100,000 citizens in the Catalan healthcare system. To be precise, between 2008 and 2012, 82,300 people were diagnosed with severe sepsis and in 2012 there were 20,228 recorded cases.
At Vall d’Hebron, 232 patients were admitted to Intensive Care with this condition in 2010, amounting to 25.2% of all admissions to this department.
The following diagnostic tests are used for sepsis:
Early treatment can improve prognosis. Sepsis Coding is used for this reason:
To prevent this condition, early detection of patients with a history suggestive of infection and organic dysfunction is vital. In some cases, vaccination is necessary.
Abdominal wall surgery
Clinical and molecular genetics
Corneal and Ocular Surface Section
Inherited Heart Disease
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Tobacco cessation (quitting smoking)
Anaesthesia, Resuscitation and Pain Management
General and Digestive Surgery
Endocrine, Metabolic, and Bariatric Surgery
Congenital Heart Disease in Adolescents and Adults
Uveitis and Eye Inflammation
Angiology, Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Surgery
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery and Transplants
Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology
Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery
Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplants
Endocrinology and Nutrition
Paediatric Oncological Surgery Unit
Diagnostic and Interventional Haemodynamics
Echocardiogram and cardiac imaging unit
Hereditary Angioedema Unit
Physics and Radiation Protection
Intensive care medicine
Coronary care unit
Cardiovascular Critical Care Unit
Strokes and Cerebral Haemodynamics
Haematology and Haemotherapy
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat)
Aortic pathology and Marfan syndrome
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