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ICU is the acronym for Intensive Care Unit
Intensive care unit, ICU also known as an intensive therapy unit or intensive treatment unit (ITU) or critical care unit (CCU). It is a special department of a hospital or health care facility that provides intensive treatment medicine. An Intensive Care Unit is a place where a patient who is very ill can be under constant care by the doctors and nurses of the hospital. The most important thing in an ICU is the patient to nursing ratio. If the nurse has fewer patients to care for, then they can keep a closer eye on their patients. In the ICU, the patients are continuously monitored by equipment placed on them to continuously monitor abd record heart rate, heart rhythm, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate and blood pressure.
Once a patient moved to ICU from normal ward, it means that condition of the patient has deteriorated to critical. It does not automatically mean things are terrible, but the medical team is very concerned and may need to do more invasive tests and procedures that can only happen in the ICU.
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