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SICU/MICU - Community Heart and Vascular Hospital

Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU)

The Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) at Community Heart and Vascular Hospital is an 8-bed unit with a nurse:patient ratio of 1:1 to 1:2. Typical shifts are 12 hours, every third to fourth weekend. A nurse in this area will engage in primary nursing with RNs, student nurse externs (SNEs) and advanced practice nursing support. Outstanding nurses in this area have exceptional clinical skills, critical thinking and compassion.

SICU nursing involves a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care including physician, respiratory therapy, SNE, and AP, dietary, pharmacy, and case management. In addition, a multidisciplinary communication form is used daily to share the plan of care.

Daily nursing activities in this area include care for and recovery of post-surgical cardiovascular patients, including adult and geriatric populations. Common diagnoses of patients in this unit include post-open heart surgery care, carotid endarterectomy, peripheral vascular disease and abdominal aneurysms.

Equipment used in the SICU includes ventilators, intra-aortic balloon pumps, CCO swans, Prisma continuous renal replacement therapy, Alaris pumps, Hil Rom beds and ventricular assist devices.

Additional educational opportunities include CCRN review for those interested in pursuing certification, many educational opportunities available via MyLearning (employee online learning system), charge nurse education, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification, and preceptor education.

The SICU unit presents a special care opportunity due to the culture of teamwork, collegial relationships with surgeons and anesthesiologists, and active shared leadership teams. Nurses who stay in this unit value the great team work, the autonomy, and the fact that nurses are empowered to impact practice and operations.

Exceptional patient experiences are reflected in no patients contracting ventilator acquired pneumonia (VAP) since April 2005, and nomination of two nurses for The Indianapolis Star’s Salute to Nurses “Nurse of the Year” Award.

Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)

The Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at Community Heart and Vascular Hospital is an 8-bed unit with a nurse:patient ratio of 2:1 for ICU patients and 1:1 for high acuity critical patients. Typical shifts are 12 hours, every third to fourth weekend. A nurse in this area will engage with RNs, student nurse externs (SNEs) and PSPs. Outstanding nurses in this area are patient- and family-focused, capable of great time management and strong critical thinking skills.

Daily nursing activities in this area include care for cardiac-focused intensive care patients, including adult and geriatric populations. Common diagnoses of patients in this unit include acute myocardial infarction (MI), cardiac arrest, congestive heart failure (CHF), cardiogenic shock, post-cardiac intervention, hypothermia protocol, pulmonary edema and complex multisystem failures.

Equipment used in the MICU includes hypothermic therapy, Prisma CRRT, ventilators, intra aortic balloon pumps, CCO swan monitors, Alaris pumps and Hil Rom beds.

Opportunities are available to cross-train among the ICUs. CCRN review is available for those interested in pursuing certification, as well as charge nurse and preceptor education and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification within six months.

The MICU unit presents a special care opportunity due to the culture of teamwork, collegial relationships with physicians, and active shared leadership teams. Nurses who stay in this unit value the great team work, the autonomy, and the fact that nurses are empowered to impact practice and operations.

Exceptional patient experiences are reflected in no patients contracting ventilator acquired pneumonia (VAP) since April 2005 and active involvement in city and national collaboratives to improve patient outcomes, including VHA’s TICU project to decrease ventilator acquired pneumonia and length of stay on ventilators.

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