Please forgive my stupid question!

  1. What exactly is an intermediate care unit. What type of patients do you usually see there? How is it different from a regular med-surg floor?

    Thank you! Lisa
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   Elenaster
    I think you are referring to a step-down unit which is a unit that accepts patients that are coming out of critical care, but may need more nursing care than a regular med-surg floor. In my experience, the patients are usually chronic cardiac or pulmonary patients and are often infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria (e.g., MRSA or VRE). Typically, the nurses have more patients than in the ICU, but fewer than the floor. I hope this helps answer your question.
  4. by   Katnip
    What Elenaster said. And it's not stupid.
  5. by   nrselisa
    Thanks! I saw it in a job listing & was wondering what it was.

    Lisa

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