Department of Critical Care

Critical Care Units

Every critical care unit is staffed with a multi-disciplinary team of nurses, respiratory therapists, physicians and pharmacists. Each individual has taken specialized training to care of critically ill patients and to work as part of this team.

The Department is closely linked to the critical care units in Alberta Health Services and Covenant Health. The Department operates in several adult critical care units in Edmonton and St. Albert. These units boast state of the art technology and provide exemplary care to approximately 4,000 critically ill patients each year. They also provide outstanding educational and research opportunities for trainees.



University of Alberta Hospital

General Systems Intensive Care Unit | Unit Type: ICU | No. of Beds: 28

We are a closed unit 28 bed ICU located in the Walter Mackenzie Health Sciences Center (WMC) (also known as the University of Alberta Hospital) on the third floor. The hospital is located on the campus of the University of Alberta in Edmonton. We are a referral hospital for Northern Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan, as well as the Northwest Territories. We care for a diverse mix including general medical and surgical patients. We are a regional trauma centre. We also support the liver transplant service including care of the patient with liver failure and post liver transplant. A broad range of paramedical disciplines are involved to support all aspects of the patients and family’s care.


Edmonton Firefighter Burn Treatment Centre | Unit Type: Comprehensive Burn Unit | No. of Beds: 4

We are a 8 bed comprehensive burn unit where a total of 4 are designated ICU beds. We are a shared management critical care unit specializing in the care of the burned and severe skin and soft tissue infection. In addition to patients with burns and severe soft tissue infections, the unit also cares for patients with complex head and neck surgery. We are located in the WMC on the third floor next to the General Systems Intensive Care Unit.


Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit | Unit Type: Neuroscience ICU | No. of Beds: 10

Our 10 bed shared management unit cares for patients with complicated neurological and neurosurgical disorders including traumatic brain injury, cerebral aneurysms/subarachnoid hemorrhage, spinal cord injury, cerebral tumors, strokes, and neurological infections.

Located on the fourth floor of the University of Alberta Hospital, our neurosciences intensive care unit is one of only two dedicated neurosciences intensive care units in Canada. The collaborative nature of our neurointensivists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, nurses, cerebral doppler technologist and respiratory therapists provide specialized care to those suffering from severe neurological and neurosurgical disorders.

Our neurosciences unit provides training in caring for patients suffering from severe neurological and neurosurgical disorders to residents from the programs of critical care, neurology and nurosurgery as well as students in nursing and respiratory therapy.

Along with our educational mandate, our neurosciences unit has participated in and continues to participate in investigator initiated, CIHR funded, and industry funded research including participation in the Rick Hansen Spinal Cord Registry.

Given the nature of our work with catastrophic cerebral injury and brain death, the neurosciences intensive care unit is also integral in the compassionate care of these patients as well as managing neurologically injured patients who's family's wish it is to pursue organ and tissue donation.

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Royal Alexandra Hospital | Unit Type: ICU | No. of Beds: 25

We are a 25 bed General Systems ICU in the Royal Alexandra Hospital, a 750 bed teaching hospital located in the inner city of Edmonton. It a closed intensive care unit with a full spectrum of paramedical disciplines. We are a referral hospital for Northern Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan, as well as the Northwest Territories. We manage a broad variety of medical, surgical and trauma patients. We have expertise in continuous renal replacement therapy, plasmapheresis and intracranial pressure monitoring. On average we admit 3 patients/day and over 1,000 patients per year

We are a cohesive group of physicians, nurses and allied health professionals who take pride in what we do and like to have a little fun while doing it. We aim to run accommodating and efficient ICU, while maintaining a major focus on quality and safety.


Grey Nuns Community Hospital | Unit Type: ICU | No. of Beds: 8

The Grey Nuns Community Hospital (GNH) is located in the Millwoods, a suburb of Edmonton, Alberta. The GNH is the Northern Alberta Regional Center for vascular surgery. The GNH ICU is an eight bed Medical/Surgical Adult ICU, with special expertise in high-risk and emergency vascular surgery. The ICU is a closed intensive care unit, with 24-hour patient management by five RSPSC-certified Critical Care Medicine specialist physicians, responsible for more than 500 critically-ill patients annually.

With the exception of trauma, neurosurgery and cardiac surgery, the GNCH ICU provides all tertiary critical care services, including advanced forms of mechanical ventilation, acute renal replacement therapy, chronic hemodialysis and plasmapheresis. The ICU also supplies an outreach Rapid Response Team. Multidisciplinary care of the critically-ill patient is emphasized, with the ICU team including critical care nurses, advanced nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, clinical pharmacists, clinical dieticians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and critical care physicians.


Misericordia Community Hospital | Unit Type: ICU | No. of Beds: 6

We are a 6 ICU and 4 high intensity bed closed-model intensive care unit. We serve both the community in general and also specialize in caring for patients with complex neuromuscular diseases such as ALS.

Our hospital also boasts the only hospital-based hyperbaric oxygen chamber in the province.


Sturgeon Community Hospital | Unit Type: ICU | No. of Beds: 5

The Sturgeon General Hospital is a 5 bed and 3 high intensity bed closed-model intensive care unit. While a relatively small intensive care unit, we provide a valuable service to the people of St. Albert as well as contributing to the total critical care bed pool for central and northern Alberta. We are able to provide a wide variety of multidisciplinary services and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT).

The Sturgeon General Hospital is located in the city of St. Albert, just north of Edmonton.


Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute | Unit Type: Cardiovascular ICU | No. of Beds: 24

The Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) of the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute is a highly-specialized critical care unit.

We are a 24 bed unit staffed full-time by fellowship-certified critical care specialists. The Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute performs approximately 1500 adult cardiac surgical cases annually, including heart transplants, lung transplants, ventricular assist devices, and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) - both veno-arterial and veno-venous.

CVICU supports all adult cardiac surgical patients from Alberta, Northern British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, and special referrals from other provinces. Adult congenital cardiac surgical patients are also managed in the CVICU.