A patient with life-threatening injuries or illness needs critical care.
Critical care involves close, constant attention by a team of specially-trained health professionals in an intensive care unit (ICU) or trauma center. Problems that might need critical care treatment include complications from surgery, accidents, infections and severe breathing problems. Monitors, intravenous (IV) tubes, feeding tubes, catheters, ventilators and other equipment are common in critical care units.
Continual monitoring of patients and timely intervention improves patient safety and avoids complications, as well as adding a level of security for patients and families at this difficult time.