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A 40-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between the icu (intensive care unit), and a ccu (critical care unit)?

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Dr. Arnon Rubin
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Cardiac vs medical : In most cased ccu is a"cardiac care unit" usually taking care of critically ill cardiac patients such as mis, severe heart failure. Icu "intensive care units" usually have critically ill general medical patients such as pneumonias.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
None: These are terms that essentially describe the same high level care floor/unit for the critically ill.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
A little difference: Icu- generally refers to all critically ill patients, post surgery, on ventilators etc whereas coronary care unit- ccu exclusively heart patients are taken care of.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Type of patient: Ccu generally refers to a coronary care unit which is a subtype of intensive care unit that specializes more in cardiac disease and post-operative open heart patients. You'll see several abbreviations such as nicu (neurological intensive care unit) or sometimes (neonatal intensive care unit) sicu (surgical intensive care unit).
Dr. Arabinda Behura
Hospital-based practice 11 years experience
Means same: Both are same, no practical difference. Ccu is used in uk hospitals . Ccu also means coronary care unit for sick heart patients
Dr. Ali Seifi
Critical Care 25 years experience
ICU/CCU: Icu and critical care unit are the same , but in some hospitals ccu is cardiac care unit. Then : sicu is surgical icu, micu is medical ICU , nicu is neuro ICU or sometimes neonatal icu, ....

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