CICU, located on the third floor of the Parker Wing, is the cardiology unit. We are an intermediate care or step down unit for patients who require continuous telemetry or bedside monitoring. We care for patients who are 16 years of age or older, who have a need for cardiac monitoring.
The cardiology unit has two areas that include:
- Sixteen Telemetry Beds – Our telemetry beds are used for patients who specifically need monitoring for cardiac problems such as post-interventional cardiology patients (post-angioplasty/stent, post heart catheterization, post AICD placement, post pacemaker placement, acute coronary syndrome, coronary artery disease and a variety of cardiac rhythm disturbances). Usually, our nurse-to-patient ratio on this unit is one nurse to every four to five patients.
- Nine CICU Beds – We provide care for patients who have had procedures/interventions in the cath lab, post CEAs or overflow ICU patients. We also provide care for patients having acute myocardial infarctions and other patients with complex cardiac diagnosis may also be accepted into CICU. These beds have bedside monitors and invasive monitoring capability similar to ICU. Patients in this area require closer monitoring, which requires a nurse-to-patient ratio of one nurse to every two to three patients.
Our nurses are required to attend a critical care orientation training course and preceptorship on the floor, which may last up to 12 weeks. We have a highly-skilled, caring team of registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, specialty techs and certified nurse assistants.
Our purpose is to promote physical, mental and spiritual health to all patients and their families in a Christian context, providing high quality health services and demonstrating excellence with our patient population.