In ICU what is the nurse ratio Followed?

ICU is critical area, monitoring plays important role . Since patient needs 24 hour monitoring nursing staff are required in additional number. Its not clear why there is 1:1,1:2, 1:3 why there is variation in ratios.

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The classification of nurse patients is based on the patient’s acuity and medical needs. For critical care facilities such as the ICU, the ratio can be 1:1 for the sickest patients and 1:2 or 1:3 for patients who are acutely ill but healthy.

The licensed nurse-to-patient ratio in a critical care unit shall be 1:2 or fewer at all times

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