About Intensive Care

What is Intensive Care? 

Intensive Care, also known as critical care, is a place in every acute hospital that manages patients who are critically ill.  Critical care is normally divided into two units, a Higher Dependency Unit and an Intensive Care Unit (although they may physically inhabit the same floorspace). 

Intensive Care can be a difficult experience for both patients and their families.  Fortunately, there are a number of resources online to help support and prepare you.  The websites Critical Care Recovery and ICU Unwrapped both offer a range of information and FAQs.  ICUsteps is the leading intensive care support charity in the UK and among their guidance documents is a Guide to Intensive Care, which contains a lot of very useful information for patients and families.


What is Intensive Care Medicine? 

Intensive Care Medicine (ICM) is a body of specialist knowledge and practice concerned with the treatment of patients, with, at risk of, or recovering from potentially life-threatening failure of one or more of the body’s organ systems.  It includes the provision of organ system support, the investigation, diagnosis, and treatment of acute illness, systems management and patient safety, ethics, end-of-life care, and the support of families.

It is an exciting and fulfilling specialty of medicine.