For Patients & Families

The Role of the ICU - What to Expect

What is an ICU?

An ICU (intensive care unit) is a location in a medical facility staffed with specialized personnel who care for critically ill patients. Although the ICU may seem hectic, it is an organized unit that provides high quality care.

Intensive Care Units (ICUs) are specially equipped hospital units that provide highly specialized care, continuous observation and monitoring of critical care patients 24 hours a day. Typically, patients are admitted to the ICU from an emergency room, from an operating room or from another area of the hospital.The care team for ICU patients comprises a multidisciplinary group of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and pharmacists who have all been trained in care of critically ill or injured patients.

ICU Resources For Families

Alberta Health Services - Information for Patients and Families

ICU Resources For Children

Helping Children Cope with the Intensive Care Unit

CPR Decision Aid 
CPR Decision Aid Video