The key aims are to:
- provide high quality critical care
- ensure patients with the most need have ready access to critical care services
- improved efficiency and effectiveness of adult critical care services by modernising and standardising practice
- reduce the delayed transfers of care from critical care units in order to improve patient flow and patient safety thus ensuring patients would be cared for in the most appropriate clinical environment
- reinvest any saving into the development of critical care services
The Second Strategic Framework 2008 - 2011 directs and guides activity across Wales over the next three years to achieve the Quality Requirements for Adult Critical Care.
The Welsh Guidelines for the transfer of the critically ill adult provides a tool for the NHS and associated agencies giving comprehensive guidance and providing an all Wales standard for procedures involved in the process of the transfer of critically ill adults.
- Mid and West Wales Critical Care Network
- North Wales Critical Care Network
- North Wales Citical Care Service Development Plan 2008 -2011
- South East Wales Critical Care Network
- Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board - Critical Care Page
- Aneurin Bevan Health Board - Critical Care
- Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board - Anaesthetics, Critical Care & Pain Management
- Cardiff & Vale University Health Board - Critical Care Services
- Cwm Taf Health Board - Royal Glamorgan Hospital
- Hywel Dda Health Board
- Powis Teaching Health Board
In North Wales, children and young people receive intensive care in Alder Hey children's hospital. In South Wales, children and young people receive intensive care in the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.
In both North and South Wales, a retrieval service is provided by the 2 centres where very ill children and young people are collected from the referring hospital by an intensive care transport team.
Building upon the achievements of the Safer Patients Initiative, the Health Foundation's Safer Patients Network supports leading acute trusts to continue testing and developing ways to make care safer.
- NICE Guidance (CG50) on acutely ill patients
- NiCE Guidance (CG 56) Head Injury
- NICE Guidance (CG 83) Rehabilitation of the Critically Ill
The 1000 Lives Plus guide has been produced to enable healthcare organisations and their teams to successfully implement a series of interventions to improve the safety and quality of care that their patients receive.
The surveillance of central venous catheter (CVC) related infections became mandatory in Wales on the 1st September 2007. The purpose of the surveillance in the early years of data collection is to provide an initial baseline infection rate to assist NHS organisations in monitoring both their system of data collection and to aid with reducing infection over time.
- Critical Care Surveillance - central venous catheter related infections - All Wales Report 2008 (NPHS)
The Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) is a sister organisation of the Intensive Care Society (ICS) the professional organisation for doctors working in critical care. ICNARC's aim is to foster improvements in the organisation and practice of critical care (intensive and high dependency care) in the UK.