What is intensive care?
Intensive care units, also called critical care units, are sections within a hospital that look after patients whose conditions are life-threatening and need constant, close monitoring and support from equipment and medication to keep normal body functions going. They have higher levels of staffing, specialist monitoring and treatment equipment only available in these areas and the staff are highly trained in caring for the most severely ill patients.
Detailed information for patients and visitors
The following information booklets for ICU patients and visitors have been produced by the Intensive Care Society with the support of the Department of Health, the British Association of Critical Care Nurses and the National Outreach Forum.