Term: Special Care Unit (SCU)

Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2012-04-20


Inpatient units specifically designed, staffed and equipped for the continuous observation and treatment of critically ill patients, including all types of intensive care units, as well as intermediate care or step-down units.

For a list of SCU Codes and values used in Garland et al. (2012), please see Appendix Table A2.1: Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) Special Care Unit (SCU) Codes .

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