Critical Care

When Patients Need Intensive Care

For severe medical problems—serious injuries, infections, breathing problems and complications from surgery, for example—patients are placed in Critical Care. Here, they’re continuously attended by specially trained nurses and treated by doctors who are experts in caring for acutely ill or injured patients.

The Critical Care Unit has specialized equipment needed to support these patients, including mobile X-ray units, emergency resuscitation equipment and advanced patient monitoring systems. Data from these monitoring systems, which track a patient’s heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and other vitals, is reviewed and tracked by highly trained nurses.

Mendi Sayer, RN, BSN, CCRN