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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.
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Executive director Michael Stroud said: "Russell had a comfortable night and remains in our intensive therapy unit for continuous monitoring and care.
He was taken to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, by air ambulance but died in the intensive therapy unit early yesterday.
They are both in the intensive therapy unit, which has also been closed to new admissions.
The victim, aged in his 30s, suffered serious head injuries and is still in a stable condition in Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, although he is now out of the intensive therapy unit.
The married dad-of-one, who lived in the Marton Manor area of Middlesbrough, died two days later in the intensive therapy unit when his life support machine was switched off.
In the Argyll & Clyde NHS Board, Dumbarton Joint Hospital is to be closed, Inverclyde Royal Hospital to lose its accident & emergency Department while Vale of Leven faces possible closure of its high dependency unit, coronary care unit, intensive therapy unit and acute inpatient services.
The 88-year-old, from Lemington, suffered serious injuries and is in the intensive therapy unit at North Tyneside General Hospital.
He died later that day in the intensive therapy unit at Arrowe Park Hospital.
Though Kenneth Hughes did not appear to have suffered very serious injuries, he died a few hours later in the intensive therapy unit at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.
Watson will remain in the hospital's intensive therapy unit for the next 48 hours.
During the two days they got a behind the scenes tour of the hospital and its many services including visits to an operating theatre, the accident and emergency department, the pathology laboratories, a ward and the intensive therapy unit.
Mr Redford, 21, of Oxford Street, Blyth, was stabbed once in the side and died in the intensive therapy unit at Wansbeck Hospital in Ashington five days later.

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