Model of Care
Model of Care for Adult Critical Care
The Model of Care for Adult Critical Care is a ‘hub-and-spoke’ delivery model which sets out the pathway of care for critically ill adult patients within the Irish healthcare setting. Thus the model describes a pathway by which critically ill patients access safe, effective and efficient care in a timely manner. The model consists of hospitals with Intensive Care Units (ICU’s), High Dependency Units (HDU’s) and crucially local hospitals without ICU’s. Each hospital group will have a combination of hospitals with ICU’s and HDU’s and hospitals without ICU’s. The ‘hub-and-spoke’ model is aligned with the hospital group structure and connectivity between hospitals is provided through agreed transport and retrieval services so that critically ill patients can access safe and effective treatment in a timely manner. Timely access to organised critical care capacity leads to good outcomes for patients who are critically ill.