When intensive care is needed

Intensive care is needed if someone is seriously ill and requires intensive treatment and close monitoring, or if they're having surgery and intensive care can help them recover.

Most people on an ICU have problems with one or more organs. For example, they may be unable to breathe on their own.

There are many different conditions and situations that can mean someone needs intensive care. Some common reasonsinclude:

  • a seriousaccident such as a road accident, a Head injury, severe , a serious fall or severe burns
  • a seriousshort-term condition such as a heart attack or a stroke
  • a serious infection such as sepsis (blood poisoning) orsevere pneumonia
  • major surgery this can either bea plannedpart of your recovery, or an emergency measure if there are complications
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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018