The Specialty Hospital's High Intensity Care Unit offers round-the-clock care for patients with critical and complex conditions.
Our respiratory therapists and registered nurses are all certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and the ratio of nurses to patients is adapted to this level of care. Our treatment team also includes licensed social workers, licensed practical nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists.
Adding to the continuum of care is an onsite pharmacy, laboratory and diagnostic radiological services.
Patients in the High Intensity Care Unit are monitored for cardiac conditions and serious complex conditions. They may be admitted directly from intensive care units, coronary care units or intermediate care units for ongoing care, or may be transferred within the facility due to a change in condition. The unit accepts patients 18 years or older.
Candidates for the High Intensity Care Unit are patients who meet the chronic criteria and who have a medical or surgical problem that requires cardiac or intensive monitoring. This includes patients with:
- Increasing heart failure who are hemodynamically stable
- Recent cardiothoracic surgery
- Drug toxicities with arrhythmogenic compounds such as digitalis and tricyclic antidepressants
- Electrolyte disturbances with a potential for life-threatening arrhythmias
Regular cardiology and pulmonary critical care support are combined with continuous heart monitoring for life-threatening arrhythmia and other therapies. These therapies include ventilator management and weaning, chest tube management and complex airway management.
The High Intensity Care Unit also treats other conditions that require:
- IV medications
- Peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) lines
- Wound care and rehabilitation services
- Total parenteral nutrition
- Additional nutritional interventions
For more information, please call 410-601-2400.