Surgical Intensive

DEPARTMENT OF TREATING CRITICALLY ILL PATIENTS

The Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) cares for critically ill patients recovering from general, thoracic, trauma, vascular, orthopedic, gynecologic and obstetric surgeries.

Most patients getting better immediately after elective or emergency surgery receive around-the-clock care in Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU). Heart surgery and some transplant surgical patients are cared for in the Cardiac SICU units. A collaborative, multidisciplinary team of health professionals cares for patients who are recovering from conditions that require surgical intervention.

Multidisciplinary Approach to Care
The surgeons, anaesthesiologists and nurses are complemented by surgical specialists in neurology, orthopedics, emergency medicine and other subspecialties, as well residents.

Under the leadership of Medical Director and Nursing Director, the medical and nursing staff, including clinical nurse specialists, collaborates with a multidisciplinary team of health care providers who contribute their skilled care in:

  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Clinical Medicine
  • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Mental Health, Including Psychiatry and Social Work
  • What to Expect
    For planned, or elective, surgeries, patients receive a tremendous amount of pre-surgical information. SICU staff work with emergency and trauma patients and their families to familiarize them with the intensive care unit. Length of the hospital stay in the unit may vary, depending on the complexity of the surgical procedure and the comorbidity and condition of the patient. In all cases, patients and their families participate in discussions and plans, learn about treatment options and are part of all decisions affecting their care. Patients are typically discharged to home, a rehabilitation facility, or a general care within SRV Hospital.