High acuity care is a growing specialty that fills the gap between everyday inpatient care and the critical care patients receive in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Our Critical Care Outreach team was established at St. Paul’s and is functioning well, supporting patients at risk on our wards.


St. Paul’s first High Acuity Unit (HAU) is under construction and slated to become fully operational this winter. Much of the new HAU equipment we install now will move with us to the new St. Paul’s.

In a HAU, staff with special training assess, monitor, and stabilize patients recovering from surgery, those in respiratory distress, or those transferred in from another unit in worsening condition.

This close monitoring is unique to the HAU and gives vulnerable patients faster, more precise care.