Psychiatric intensive care is for patients who are in an acutely disturbed phase of a serious mental disorder. There is an associated loss of capacity for self-control, with a corresponding increase in risk, which does not allow their safe, therapeutic management and treatment in a less acute or a less secure mental health ward. Care and treatment must be patient centred, multidisciplinary, intensive and have an immediacy of response to critical clinical and risk situations.
A treatment program for those experiencing an acute psychiatric crisis that includes agitation or serious aggressive behavior. This unit provides very close staff support and supervision for safety. As soon as possible, they may move into the next phase of treatment on another unit.