Critical Care Services
Critical Care Services are provided in adult intensive care units, and high dependency units at:
The service provides intensive care to patients with life threatening illness, following major, complex surgery and, particularly in the Royal Victoria Hospital, following serious accidents.
The majority of critical care patients require help with their breathing. This is provided by a ventilator, more commonly known as a life support machine.
Patients in high dependency care are generally less ill than those in critical care but still require organ support, eg to help maintain blood pressure, which cannot be provided in an ordinary ward.
Critical Care Services for children are provided at the Children’s hospital.
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