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intensive care unit

 (ICU)
a hospital unit in which is concentrated special equipment and specially trained personnel for the care of seriously ill patients requiring immediate and continuous attention (intensive care). Called also critical care unit.

in·ten·sive care u·nit (ICU),

a hospital facility for provision of intensive nursing and medical care of critically ill patients, characterized by the high quality and quantity of continuous nursing and medical supervision and by use of sophisticated monitoring and resuscitative equipment; may be organized for the care of specific patient groups, for example, neonatal or newborn ICU, neurologic ICU, pulmonary ICU.
Synonym(s): critical care unit

intensive care unit

n. Abbr. ICU
A specialized section of a hospital containing the equipment, medical and nursing staff, and monitoring devices necessary to provide intensive care.

intensive care unit (ICU)

a hospital unit in which patients requiring close monitoring and intensive care are kept. An ICU contains highly technical and sophisticated monitoring devices and equipment and is staffed by personnel trained to deliver critical care. A large tertiary care facility usually has separate units specifically designed for the intensive care of adults, infants, children, or newborns or for other groups of patients requiring a certain kind of treatment. See also coronary care unit.

intensive therapy unit

A separate area of a hospital for patients being treated for actual or impending organ failure, who may require intensive technological support (including mechanical ventilation) and/or invasive monitoring. ITUs are distinguished from high-dependancy units by their level of staffing. A doctor is always present in ITU with a nurse:patient ratio of 1:1 or greater. While an ITU is available to all specialties, it may be restricted to a single specialty—e.g., neurosurgery.

intensive care unit

See ICU.

in·ten·sive care u·nit

(ICU) (in-ten'siv kār yū'nit)
A hospital facility for provision of intensive nursing and medical care of critically ill patients, characterized by high quality and quantity of continuous nursing and medical supervision and by use of sophisticated monitoring and resuscitative equipment; may be organized for the care of specific patient groups, e.g., neonatal or newborn ICU, neurologic ICU, and pulmonary ICU.
Synonym(s): critical care unit.

in·ten·sive care u·nit

(ICU) (in-ten'siv kār yū'nit)
Hospital facility for provision of nursing and medical care of critically ill patients, characterized by the high quality and quantity of continuous nursing and medical supervision and by use of sophisticated monitoring and resuscitative equipment.
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