Leaving the ICU
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The care team will transfer the patient to an appropriate unit

Once a patient’s condition has improved, the care team will transfer the patient to an appropriate unit. If some monitoring is still required, staff may initially transfer the patient to a transitional unit. 

Common reactions

  • Concern about serious, and possibly long-term health issues
  • Disappointment and frustration over continuing illness and length of stay
  • Relief that condition may be improving

We understand that your needs are unique.  We would like to hear from you so we can create a care plan that best suits your personal needs.  Your health care team, which may include: medical and nursing staff, physiotherapy, social work, spiritual care, occupational therapy, speech pathology, etc., will support you during this time.  They are part of your recovery and will answer any questions from you or your family.

After ICU care

Recovery from a critical illness takes time.  It depends on how long you were ill and whether things will change once you get better.   Below is a list of some of the common problems and how you can try to manage them.

Other things to consider

There are many other things to consider when leaving the ICU, such as medication, your family, moving to another hospital or facility or being discharged home.

We want to hear from you

If you’d like to provide feedback on care received in one of our ICUs, please visit the Patient Care Quality Office.


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