Intensive Care teams at Royal Jubilee and Victoria General hospitals treated more than 1,100 cases last year. These are some of the most vulnerable patients in the hospital: critically ill or severely injured patients who needed one-to-one medical attention and continuous monitoring, 24 hours a day.

The average patient will stay in Intensive Care for 21 days, cared for by a group of experienced Intensivists, Nurses, Respiratory Therapists, IV Therapists and Pharmacists. This team uses its ability to quickly interpret information and sophisticated equipment to provide essential care that leads to the best outcome possible for every patient.

Patients may need Intensive Care because of a failure of their heart, lungs or kidneys, or they could have experienced a major trauma. They may also have been admitted to Intensive Care during the crucial hours right after major surgery when they are at risk of complications. They often require breathing support and may need resuscitation or other vital life support measures right at their bedside.

Intensive Care teams must quickly respond to emergency medical situations in the ICU and throughout our hospitals. Without rapid and appropriate treatment, many of these patients would not survive. For instance, for every one-minute delay in defibrillation, the survival rate of a patient in cardiac arrest decreases by 7% to 10%.

The variety of equipment necessary to support and monitor patients in critical condition makes Intensive Care one of the most technologically advanced and resource-demanding areas of the hospital.