Care of Critically Ill Patients

Stress from a critical illness can lead to rising blood sugar levels in adult patients. If these levels are uncontrolled, patients may suffer infections, kidney failure and even death. To reduce and eliminate these risks, staff in critical care units across the Island Health region have worked to develop strategies to better monitor the needs of critically ill patients and prevent complications wherever possible.

What are we measuring?

  • Blood glucose levels in ICU patients receiving insulin
  • Mortality rate of ICU patients in hospital

Island Health Success

Critical Care staff  have developed and are now using an ICU checklist at the bedside of every patient. This checklist ensures the most crucial points of care are being addressed, including issues such as blood sugar control and central line infections.

Many of the items on the daily ICU checklist go hand-in-hand with the focus areas laid out by the 48/6 initiative.* These areas ensure care providers prioritize patient needs such as nutrition, hydration, pain relief and bowel/bladder function.

Learn More from the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council.

BCPSQC Critical Care Backgrounder (PDF)

* Note: This link is available to staff and physicians via the Island Health intranet. You will be prompted to log on if you are viewing this from an external computer. For information on accessing the intranet, 
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