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High Dependency Unit

Service description
The High Dependency Unit (HDU) works together with the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit to provide Critical Care services within the Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane.

The HDU scheduled to open in June 2009 will consist of 8 high dependency beds, 2 beds for cardiorespiratory monitoring and 2 renal dialysis chairs. 

This unit will:

The nursing team includes Nurse Educator, Clinical Nurse Facilitator, Clinical Nurses, Registered Nurses and an Assistant in Nursing.

Medical services are provided by the PICU consultants and dedicated HDU Registrars. All other medical specialists have admitting rights to the HDU.

Allied Health
Allied health services include social work, physiotherapy, pharmacy, speech pathology, dietetics and occupational therapy.

Nursing shift times
Shifts range from 6 to 12 hours with flexible rostering practices and some variable shift start times.

Nursing education and development
A comprehensive orientation to the hospital and ward is provided. Nursing staff without a relevant qualification are supported to complete the Transition to Practice Nurse Education Program.  A Nurse Educator, Clinical Facilitator and preceptors are available to support new staff. Staff members are supported to continue developing clinical skills and knowledge and may access:

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Last Updated: 05 July 2011
Last Reviewed: 16 December 2008