Who needs intensive care 

Intensive care is often needed when one or more of your organ systems has failed.

For example, this might be your:

  • lungs
  • kidneys
  • heart
  • digestive system

There are many different conditions and situations that can cause your organ systems to fail. Some of the most common include:

  • a serious accident – such as a road accident, a severe head injury, a serious fall or severe burns
  • a serious acute (short-term) health condition – such as a heart attack, or a stroke
  • a serious infection – such as a severe case of pneumonia or sepsis 
  • major surgery – this can either be a planned admission to an ICU as part of your recovery after surgery or an emergency measure if there are complications during surgery

Page last reviewed: 09/07/2014

Next review due: 09/07/2016