high dependency unit


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high dependency unit

An NHS care unit for patients who require more intensive observation, treatment and nursing care than can be provided on a ward. HDU care is less intense than that in an ITU/ICU—e.g., HDUs usually do not have patients needing mechanical ventilation, are not staffed 24/7 by doctors, and have a nurse:patient ratio higher than unity (1:1), but are staffed for invasive monitoring. HDUs may be a part of a ward or centralised, and co-located with an ITU/ICU.
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Once the CEO returned the signed consent, the questionnaire was sent to the contact person(s) in each critical care or high dependency unit in that hospital via electronic mail or facsimile.
Mum-of-four Carolynne said feeding tubes and sterile milk have been taken away from the high dependency unit and respiratory ward, where she also spent time, to check for salmonella bacteria.
Lisa Hancock, chief executive of the Injured Jockeys Fund, said yesterday: "Brian Toomey's mother Marian has told us this afternoon that Brian remains in the High Dependency Unit at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, and continues to make progress.
A MECHANIC attacked with a claw hammer in Conwy has been moved from a high dependency unit and is in a stable condition.
The 18-year-old Everton defender was yesterday transferred from intensive care to the high dependency unit at Dublin's Mater Hospital after a marked improvement in his condition, and could be discharged at the weekend.
Boxes of life-saving equipment remain unopened at the Regional Hospital in Limerick because of a row about staffing of a Paediatric High Dependency Unit.
But doctors treating the former British heavyweight champion in the High Dependency Unit of Charing Cross Hospital were said to have reported nerve movement after performing a tracheotomy to help him breathe.
Ms Brady was admitted to a high dependency unit and monitored overnight following her operation on Friday.
The expertise of Mr W Carr and his team and the subsequent care by the medical and nursing staff especially in the high dependency unit and intensive care departments could not be surpassed anywhere.
Following his arrest on Wednesday, MacLeod collapsed and was taken to the high dependency unit at the Western Isles Hospital in Storn-oway.
Dr Chandio said two patients were being treated at Intensive Care Unit (ICU) while four were at High Dependency Unit (HDU) while one patient was discharged.
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is going out to tender for the provision of a Clinical Information System for its five Critical Care Units and the Surgical High Dependency Unit.

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