CCU & ICU

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    Please what is the difference between CCU and ICU, or are they the same?

    Thanks
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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.

    Hope that helped.
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    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
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    Thanks, but I thought CCU meant critical care unit
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    OK, corrections:

    Yes, CCU does mean Critical Care unit. Sorry about that. In our hospital, CCU generally means Cardiac Critical Care and ICU means Medical ICU.

    Also, I didn't mean that ICU has a more complex level of care than CCU, rather that it's a more complex level of care than the floor units such as Med-Surg or Tele.

    Sorry for the misunderstanding.
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    Quote from nursemomof3boys
    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.
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    I my hospital we have a general ICU and the a cardiothoracic critical care/intensive care and two coronary care units (also CCU) which can be quite confusing.

    In the UK we're more likely to refer to ICU as ITU though. Horses for courses.
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    So I'm a bit confused. What's the difference bwtween CCU- Coronary Care Unit and CVICU- Cardio-Vascular ICU?
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    In our hospital CVICU is the open heart surgery ICU.
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    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.


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