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Cardiovascular Intensive Care

Heart & Vascular | Intensive Care

Cardiovascular ICU (CVICU)

The Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) is designed specifically for the care of postoperative cardiac and thoracic surgery patients. The CVICU provides patients with the most sophisticated care from a team of dedicated experts directed by a trained physician credentialed in critical care medicine (an intensivist) that is available 24-7.

Our critical care team is proactive. With constant attention and vigilance, we are able to anticipate, detect, and manage problems immediately. As a result, we provide patients with the best possible outcome. We are committed to the delivery of high-quality and consistent care to all our patients.

Surgical Intermediate Cardiac Care Unit

After patients have recovered from surgery in the CVICU, they’re transferred to the Surgical Intermediate Cardiac Care Unit. There, they will receive 24-hour care from advanced nurse practitioners.

Liaison nurses

The cardiovascular surgery program has a highly trained, dedicated nursing staff. These nurses meet with patients’ families the day of surgery and keep them updated through every step of the operation and recovery process. They also address the family’s needs and provide detailed instructions for ongoing care prior to a patient’s discharge.

Pre-op Clinic

The Pre-op Clinic provides a location within the hospital setting for patients to get their questions answered prior to undergoing cardiac surgery. Cardiac nurses will conduct a comprehensive evaluation and provide in-depth information about the specific procedure. Patients and family members can also tour the cardiac surgery area before the scheduled surgery date.

Visiting hours and guidelines

The CVICU encourages family-centered care and welcomes visitors. One family member may remain at the patient’s bedside at all times except during patient care treatments or during shift changes, which happen between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. This protects patient confidentiality and provides oncoming nurses time to fully assess their patients.