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Intensive care


The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) is equipped to provide advanced and highly specialised care to critically ill and injured patients.

This includes those with complex multi-system failure requiring life support.

More than 3,500 patients are admitted each year to the ICU, including patients already in hospital, from the Emergency Department and transferred to us from other hospitals.

Our staff members have specialist knowledge and experience in managing patients with all types of acute medical, surgical and critical illnesses.

Our specialty areas include:

  • major trauma
  • complex and elective surgery
  • burns
  • advanced heart failure support, cardiac and vascular surgery
  • complex spinal surgery
  • traumatic brain injury.

RAH's ICU is one of the biggest in the country, with capacity for 60 single inpatient rooms. It is a highly technical environment with lots of monitoring systems and equipment to support the care of patients.

The unit is designed with large windows and a strong focus on natural light. It is also located next to landscaped gardens and courtyards to create a healing environment for patients and to enable loved ones to seek respite.

Situated on level 4, the unit is co-located with the hospital’s operating theatres, interventional suites and procedural rooms, providing immediate access to these critical services in an emergency.

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