Critical care is defined as medical care for patients whose illness requires close, constant watch by a team of specially trained caregivers. Most critical care takes place in a Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) or a Surgical ICU or Neonatal ICU and when matters are better under control, in a High Dependency Unit (HDU). South City Hospital has set up this complete range of critical care. Here we attempt to provide some basic information on how they work and what a patient and their family can expect.
Intensive Care Units contain several different kinds of equipment to serve the needs of the critically ill patient. Understanding how the team and equipment work may help you feel more at ease. Also important is learning about treatment options, which may assist you in making well-informed decisions about care. Feeling intimidated by the constant activity and vigilance in an ICU is a natural reaction for families.