High Dependency Units (HDUs) are a step down from ICUs. HDUs are for people who are not critically ill but require constant monitoring and care. The ratio of nurses to patients may be slightly lower than in intensive care but higher than in most general wards.
Caring for a high-dependency patient is very different from caring for a ward patient. HDU patients rely on nursing staff and doctors' teams for medication and other support services. While visiting an HDU is not strictly prohibited, they have reserved hours for the patient's attendants or family members. Patients need proper health assessments for issues before transferring to HDU.
Any physical or psychological problems
The likelihood of any problems developing in the future
Their current rehabilitation needs
HDUs are for different purposes as per the doctor's recommendation. Some are admitted pre and post-surgery for clinical observation purposes. Many are shifted from ICU after their health stabilizes after emergency hospitalization. Most of the time, transfer from ICU to HDU is a sign of improvement and a step closer to going home.
Uses of HDU units
Management of critically ill patients not dependent on life support
Management of post-operative patients
Monitoring of acute ischemic stroke patients
Management and monitoring of patient's health after discharge from the ICU
What is the need for HDU?
HDUs help reduces the overload on the ICUs. Critically ill patients admitted due to emergencies in the ICU cannot be transferred to the general ward when they feel better. In those cases, HDU comes in handy. The team of nurses and doctors constantly monitors the patients in HDU. It is impossible in the general ward.
HDUs are an option for post-surgical observation. Patients after major surgeries are often transferred to HDU to keep them under observation. Patients who need constant cardiac monitoring, dressings, tractions or help in mobilization require the level of services provided in the HDU.
Patients who need closer monitoring and more intensive medical attention than can be provided in a regular ward may require HDU care. This includes patients who are critically ill, have unstable vital signs, or require specialized medical treatments.
No, HDU and ICU are two different levels of care. ICU provides the highest level of care for critically ill patients who require constant monitoring and life support, while HDU provides a higher level of care than a regular ward but less than an ICU.
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