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Intensive care

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Introduction
An intensive care unit (ICU) is a special ward that is found in most hospitals. It provides intensive care for people who are in a critically ill or unstable condition.
When intensive care is necessary
Intensive care is often needed when one or more of your organ systems has failed. For example, this might be your lungs, kidneys, heart or digestive system.
How intensive care works
An intensive care unit (ICU) can often be an overwhelming place, both for the patient in hospital and their loved ones. It can therefore help to know a little about what to expect.
What happens in intensive care
Intensive care units (ICUs) contain a variety of specialised equipment, which may vary from one unit to another.
After intensive care
Once you are able to breathe unaided, and you no longer need intensive care, you will be transferred to a different ward to continue your recovery.