Glendale Adventist Medical Center - Adventist Health
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Critical Care Neighborhood

Whether our patients come seeking emergent care for a critical injury or just a few stitches, we believe they deserve to be met with loving compassion, given a safe harbor and provided excellent care by highly trained nurses. In collaboration with physicians and other members of the health care team, we ensure our patients are ready for their next level of care, whether it is in the hospital or at home with loved ones.

Staffing of the Intensive Care Units
The staffing core of intensive care units is composed of RNs and monitor technicians. The nursing care model in these units is primary nursing. Each unit is staffed by patient acuity with a usual nurse-to-patient ratio of 1:1 or 1:2. There is an assigned head nurse on eight-hour shifts Monday through Friday and a relief RN to provide meal breaks. In the event of an unanticipated emergency, the critical care supervisor may be called for help. The director/head nurse is responsible 24 hours a day for smooth operation of the unit. RNs are required to be certified in critical care course, ACLS and basic EKG course.

Coronary Care Unit (CCU)
CCU nurses are highly vigilant during the most vulnerable phase of a patient's cardiac disease, illness and recovery. Patinets receive expert care by specially trained cardiac nurses. The CCU features:

  • 10-bed unit with private beds and central nursing station for immediate visualization and monitoring
  • Cares for critical cardiac patients with diagnoses such as acute myocardial infraction, chest pain, cardiogenic shock, cardiomyopathy, septic shock, respiratory failure
  • Post PTCA, stent with thrombolysis and intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP)
  • Patients may also require pacemakers or vasoactive drips  

Intensive Care Units (ICU)
Through critical times in their hospital experience, we believe our patients deserve compassionate, whole-person care. This includes protection from harm through constant vigilance and quality treatment by highly skilled nurses working synergistically with physicians, patients and their families.

  • 10-bed unit with private beds and central nursing station for immediate visualization and monitoring
  • Medical and surgical patients requiring intensive monitoring, assessments and interventions
  • Care for patients requiring ventilators, dialysis and/or vasoactive drips

Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU)
Following a delicate and complex procedure, patients can rest assured that they are well cared for. SICU nurses are specially trained in cardiac-surgical, neuro-surgical, and neuro-interventional procedures. Together with surgeons, physicians, patients and their families, SICU nurses help provide comprehensive collaborative care.

  • 12-bed Family-Centered Care unit
  • Immediate post op/post intervention care of cardiac and neurological patients
  • Care of patients requiring ventilators or Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps (IABP)
  • Patients may need ventricular drainage and ICP monitoring; vasoactive drips or pacemakers