CVICU vs. CVIU - What's the difference?

  1. What's the difference between CVICU and CVIU? Is CVIU still considered intensive care?
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   meandragonbrett
    What is CVIU and what types of patients do they care for? Is this a step down unit?
  4. by   incublissRN
    What does CVIU stand for?
  5. by   Tweety
    Probably Cardiovascular Intentive Care Unit and Cardiovascular Intermediate Unit

    Patients who have open heart surgery or thoracotomies. ICU would be fresh post-op and intermediate might be the day or two after. Our open hearts go to CVICU first, but then to the PCU (progressive cardiac care unit)
  6. by   incublissRN
    Thanks, Tweety. I get confused with all these acronyms! At my hospital it is CVTR (cardiovascular thoracic recovery) and CVPV (cardiovascular peripheral vascular).
  7. by   Tweety
    They get confusing. Where I work NICU is Neuro ICU, not Neonatal ICU.......

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