Acute care nursing
Acute care nursing staff cares for patients with non-critical ailments and a wide variety of illnesses, including:
- Neurological disorders
- Solid organ transplantation
- Trauma and orthopedic injuries
- Respiratory isolation
- General medicine
- Short stay
- Vascular and abdominal surgery
- Research study participants
The registered nurse (RN) staff is assisted in patient care by nursing care technicians and by the patient's family members. Families of the patients are considered integral participants in the patient's care.
Acute care nursing services are provided for patients in the following areas:
Care for patients waiting for or undergoing any stage of kidney, kidney/pancreas or liver transplantation.
Medical isolation unit
Care for patients ranging in age from adolescence to the very elderly requiring isolation due to drug resistant organisms or respiratory isolation.
Orthopaedic surgery unit
Care for patients ranging in age from adolescence to the very elderly admitted for elective orthopedic surgery, sports injuries or those who require complex fracture management including hand reconstruction and spine care.
Progressive care unit
Care for adult patients who are hemodynamically stable who can benefit from close supervision and monitoring, such as frequent pulmonary toilet, vital signs, and/or neurological and neurovascular checks. Staff work closely with family members who are encouraged to be active in the patient's plan of care to expedite transfer to an acute care bed or rehabilitation center as appropriate
Care for patients ranging in age from infants to the very elderly suffering from acute renal failure, as well as chronic renal failure requiring hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and CVVHD. Treatments are delivered in the dialysis unit, at the bedside, emergency department, post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) or operating room.
Care for adult medical-surgical patients requiring cardiac monitoring, particularly those with a cardiac diagnosis, and for heart and lung transplant patients that have been transferred from the intensive care unit (ICU).