Critical care is provided to patients by an integrated team of board-certified
physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists. Settings for this care
include the 12-bed Intensive Care Unit and the 6-bed Coronary Care Unit,
which is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by specially trained
critical care nurses who strive to meet the needs of patients and families
in a compassionate and skillful manner during an acute illness.
The Critical Care Unit skillfully cares for patients experiencing cardiac
conditions (such as arrhythmias, unstable angina, congestive heart failure);
respiratory conditions (such as acute respiratory distress syndrome, pneumonia,
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), neurological conditions (such
as seizures and stroke); and neurosurgical cases such as ventriculostomy
and craniotomy. The Critical Care Unit also cares for those who require
intense monitoring of vital signs and continuous IV infusions of medications
that support heart rate and blood pressure.