Critical Care may be broadly defined
as a service for patients who have potentially recoverable
conditions who can benefit from more detailed observation and
invasive treatment than can be provided safely in an ordinary ward.
It is usually reserved for patients with threatened or established
organ failure often arising as a result or complication of an acute
illness or trauma or as a predictable phase in a planned treatment
programme such as major surgery. Critical Care represents the
highest level of continuing patient care and treatment.
Both UHND and DMH provide Adult Critical Care comprising of high
dependency and Intensive Care patients in combined units. Renal
Replacement Therapy is provided on both sites for the critically
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital