Being cared for in intensive care

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In intensive care units patients who require advanced monitoring, diagnosis, treatment and care due to an accident, illness or life-threatening condition. Even more advanced care, e.g. following surgery, may require intensive care

The treatment is aimed at preventing and replacing or supporting the function of vital organs when this is insufficient to meet the patient's needs. This can include the lungs, heart, circulation, kidneys, brain or liver experiencing imminent or manifest failure.

A description is provided below of various situations and care actions that occur in an intensive care unit. This can help you and your family to understand what you have been through.

"The sections under the heading "What is intensive care?” can be printed out as a booklet in A5 format, see the menu on the right-hand side, which also provides instructions on how to print"