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CCU is Cardiac Care Unit and ICU is Intensive Care Unit. Usually the CCU will have more heart-based interventions, such as titrated drips to achieve hemodynamic stability. The ICU deals with patients needing a more complex level of care, but not necessarily cardiac interventions. I think of ICU as more related to general surgery and ventilation needs, while CCU is more cardiac surgery or cardiac problems that can include ventilator needs, that cannot be safely managed on another unit.
The CCU i work in deals with pt's in MODS, with baloon pumps, swanz, chest sumps and even the occasional ventric. drain. So to say that the ICU deals with "more complex pt's" I would have to respectfully disagree. In our facility CCU takes care of mainly heart pt's, and ICU cares for Neuro pt's. It's all up to you if you like the heart or not.
FYI: if you are planning on going to anesthesia school... they rather CCU or heart experience....go figure
Thanks, but I thought CCU meant critical care unit
It all depends really. some it means Critical Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit and God knows what else. in some hospitals a CCU is just like a step down, but in most that i worked at it is a Critical unit ie.. ICU or what have you.
So it sounds like it depends on the facility, lol. In our hospital, CCU is for coronary care unit, it is most certainly an ICU (should just be called CICU or CVICU) I think anything with the "C" is some sort of cardiac unit, most likely an ICU.
Like one of the above posters, our hospitals definition is that the CCU gets all the CABG/thoracic surgery pts and anyone else that needs a swan or balloon pump. They try to keep it cardiac but they also get "regular" ICU pts too. The ICU gets all the ICP monitoring/neuro pts and the CCU nurses don't really do the bolts although there are nurses that do it all, and its nice to be crossed trained. We get trauma on both sides and will hopefully be getting more if we get our Level II trauma designation.
we have a CTICU (cardiothoracic), an SICU (surgical), a neuro ICU, a MICU (medical), and a IMCU (intermediate or step down) 10 beds in each unit. We all get cross trained, and cross patients. We try to keep it true to the specialty, but that doesn't always happen. The CT ICU gets all hearts, IABPs, and usually PA caths. MICU gets all the CRRT pts. Neuro gets the ventrics. Did I confuse you more?
hello am tariq from pakistan but in our country j.c.c.i approved hospital aga khan university hospital c.c.u means coronary care unit and i.c.u means intensive care unit.and the brief detail has been provided by respected angie o plasty thanks