Department of Health

Critical care in public hospitals

Key messages

  • There are a number of intensive care units (ICUs) in Victorian public hospitals.
  • Paediatric intensive care units provide comprehensive critical care.

Victoria has a number of approved intensive care units (ICUs) in public hospitals for adults and children (excluding neonatal intensive care units).

The role of the ICU varies depending on its size and the number, type and severity of illness of the patients admitted. It also depends on staffing expertise, facilities and support services. Critically ill children have specific needs and are usually treated in a paediatric intensive care unit.

Paediatric intensive care units

Tertiary referral paediatric intensive care units are capable of providing comprehensive critical care including complex multi-system life support for an indefinite period to children less than 16 years.

Reviewed 05 October 2015

Health.vic

Contact details

GPO Box 4541, Melbourne VIC 3001

Acute Inpatient and Specialist Clinics Program Department of Health & Human Services

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