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Doctor insights on: What Is The Difference Between Icu And Ccu

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What’s the difference between a critical care and an intensive care unit?

Same thing: Different hospitals have different terms for specialized care units that take care of the sickest patients. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a patient care unit and the intensive care unit?

Hospital Care Levels: All units in a hospital are patient care units however the equipment and nursing staff present differ according to the nature of the patient's illness or illnesses. Icu is for the sickest patient. Subacute or stepdown unit is for a patient who still needs close monitoring often still needing special equipment. Regular unit is for a patient needing hospital care but usually not seriously ill. ...Read more

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What does it mean if icu units are restricted?

What does it mean if icu units are restricted?

ICU MD responsible: Icus are "restricted" or "closed" if the ICU is staffed by intensivists devoted entirely to ICU patient care only. The intensivist assumes primary control over the care of all patients in the icu, until such time as they are able to move out of the icu. The care is transfered back to the physician who admitted the patient. A hospital may contain many icus with open and closed statuses. ...Read more

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Why do old people in the icu go crazy?

Why do old people in the icu go crazy?

Not just old people: Severe illness, sleep disturbances and sedative medications used in icu's can all contribute to delirium. It is a major dilemma for health care providers and research into the ideal sedative agents is ongoing. ...Read more

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How often are vitals monitored in icu?

How often are vitals monitored in icu?

It depends: Some pts are in the ICU because of the severity of their disease. They might need invasive ways to monitor their vital signs, which produce a continuous monitoring (i.e. Invasive BP monitoring). Some other pts are there because they may have a complication in the next few hours and they require a more often monitoring than in the regular floors, usually once per hour (i e some post-op pts). ...Read more

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Do most of the patients in an icu die?

Do most of the patients in an icu die?

No: Some icus have sicker patients (higher acuity) than others, but even in these high acuity icus, the large majority of patients survive to make it out of the hospital. {of course, somebody out there will respond with the flippant observation that no ICU patients survive, since everyone eventually dies.}. ...Read more

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Is there a chapel near most icu units?

Possibly: I suspect it would be uncommon to have a chapel near the ICU itself. However, many hospitals have chapels. Depending on the hospital size, would depend on how close it would be to the icu. ...Read more

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What's it like being an icu trauma nurse?

Rewarding: I am not an ICU trauma nurse, but the ones i know are very intelligent, kind, compassionate, hard working individuals who I am sure feel rewarded each day after providing good quality care to ailing patients. ...Read more