Critical Care and Step Down Unit
Our intensive care unit (ICU) is an 18-bed multidisciplinary unit with the capability to provide care for patients who require a higher level of medical treatment and monitoring. Critical care services is staffed by nurses who are ACLS certified and receive specialized training in the care of critically ill patients. All rooms in the critical care unit and step down unit are private, offering our patients the most in comfort during the course of their treatment.
Treatment is provided for patients in need of lifesaving intensive treatment such as ventilator support, vasoactive medications, aggressive volume rescucitation, severe acute medical illness or with a potential risk for complications after major surgery.
Procedures include continuous hemodynamic monitoring using state-of-the art equipment, thrombolytic treatment of a heart attack, mechanical ventilation, postoperative care of unstable patients, pressure monitoring, cardioversion and intra-aortic balloon pumping. Intermediate care provides a higher nurse-to-patient ratio than the general medical-surgical areas for more frequent observation providing a transition from critical care to the general medical/surgical care areas. This area specializes in cardiac and cardiac-related diseases with on-unit heart monitoring and invasive line capability.
Pediatric patients ages 6 to 16 are cared for in coordination with the nursing staff of the pediatric department to help meet the special age-related needs of this patient group. The critical care services nursing staff, working collaboratively with our medical staff and ancillary support services, is committed to providing the highest quality services to the communities we serve.