As an 11-bed cardiac/medical critical care unit, CCU provides specialized care for critically ill patients with cardiac/medical and some surgical diagnoses. Common diagnoses include acute MI, congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmia, chest pain ruleout MI, respiratory failure, sepsis, and PCI. CCU is a designated stroke unit. As members of the Code Blue and Rapid Response teams, RNs in CCU respond to all cardiac/respiratory arrests and immediate change in patient condition.
Monitoring is performed from the patient bedside with a central monitor at the nursing station. Equipment includes intra-aortic balloon pumps, temporary pacemakers, ventilators, and central lines.
Patients are cared for by registered nurses 24 hours a day who are assisted by certified nursing assistants and monitor technicians. Depending on patient need and acuity, staffing ratios range for 1:1 to 1:3. The average daily census is nine patients and average length of stay is less than three days.