Seriously ill patients who are suffering, or are at risk of suffering, from the failure of one or more vital functions are treated at the Intensive Care Unit and at the high dependency unit. During intensive care, the patients are observed continuously. Their vital functions are monitored and maintained with special equipment.
The Intensive Care Unit also treats cardiovascular and neurosurgical patients who need postoperative intensive care. Patients in the high dependency unit suffer, or are at risk of suffering, from an acute disorder of one vital function.
Patients are moved between the ICU and the high dependency unit, depending on the level of treatment they require.
Medical Emergency Team (MET) operations
In addition to the hospital's resuscitation and trauma team operations, the Intensive Care Unit's division handles MET operations (Medical Emergency Team). This team is formed by an Intensive Care Unit physician and a registered nurse. Under certain criteria (consciousness, breathing, circulation and patient´s general condition) the wards can call the team for a consultation visit. The objective is to identify critically ill patients in time and start the treatment earlier rather than later.