The sickest patients in any hospital are in the intensive care unit or the ICU. You could end up here if you need a particular treatment or need to be watched closely.
Who comes here?
Most people here have serious problems with one or more of their organs so things like thel lungs or the heart or the kidneys, for coronavirus patients it’s because they’re having trouble breathing.
How does it work?
Each ICU bed comes with a lot of equipment which can help the body and organs recover for instance ventilators help a person to breathe. Patients on ICU will be connected to lots of different machines via tubes wires and cables to monitor their condition. the team in the ICU is highly specialized and there’s usually one nurse for every patient. But with the corona virus pandemic, staff often have to look after more than one patient. unfortunately some people will become more unwell and will die but others will get better.
When someone is well enough they’ll be moved to another hospital ward this can be a matter of days weeks even months. It depends on the patient’s condition and even when their discharge from hospital is likely they’ll need to spend even more time recovering at home.