We provide services to patients who have a life-threatening illness or injury. Patients may be admitted to the Critical Care department if they require the life sustaining care that can not be delivered in other areas of the hospital, or if they suffer a sudden life threatening change in their medical condition. Other reasons a patient may be admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) include, the need for close observation by the Critical Care team, or if they have undergone certain operations that require specialized care during recovery.
There are two critical care units at KGH. The Kidd 2 ICU is a 33 bed medical-surgical trauma unit and the Davies 4 ICU is an 18 bed medical-surgical trauma unit. Both areas have highly trained teams who will work closely with you and your family to get your loved one back on the road to recovery.
As a trauma hospital serving all patients in Southeastern Ontario, the Critical Care department offers many highly specialized services to the sickest patients in our region. We are fully affiliated with the Critical Care Program in the School of Medicine at Queen's University and play a key role in teaching the next generation of doctors who want to specialize in Critical Care.
Families are important members of the Critical Care team, so we welcome you in both of our ICUs at all times. Because many of the patients in the ICU are too sick to talk about their condition, we are grateful for any information you can share with us. If you would like more information on our visiting policy in the Critical Care department, including more information on who can visit the ICU, please read our Visiting a patient page.
Having a loved one in the ICU can be a very difficult experience. There are many things to keep in mind and decisions to make. Our team is here to help you through this experience. We are able to provide you with support, tips on how to you can help your loved one, as well as advice when you navigate difficult decisions. If you have any questions, please talk to a member of our care team, we are always happy to speak with you and your family.