Facts & Figures

Key figures for intensive care medicine in Switzerland

90 of SGI-recognized and certified intensive care units in Switzerland deal with the treatment of critically ill adults, children and newborn babies.

Intensive care units in Switzerland each operate between six and sixty intensive care beds.

Each patient is looked after by an average of 5 full-time intensive care nurses on each intensive care unit.

In 2019 over 90,000 patients were treated in intensive care units in Switzerland.

More than two thirds of patients are treated on an emergency basis. Other patients are admitted on a planned basis, mainly after serious operations.

Patients spend an average of two and a half days in an intensive care unit, but often several weeks in severe cases.

A third of all patients in intensive care units require mechanical ventilation.

15 per cent of critically ill patients have a high risk of dying.

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