Is the CVICU and CVRU the same thing?

  1. Cardio vascular icu and cardiovascular recovery unit....are these synonymous???
  2. Poll: Is the CVICU and CVRU the same thing?

    • Yes, they are the same

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    • No, they are different

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  4. by   Double-Helix
    Sounds like a facility-specific definition. I would think that a cardiac recovery unit does post-operative care for short-stay cardiac procedures that don’t require ICU admission, such as cardiac caths, ablations, stents, other minor cardiac procedures. My hospital called this the “CPRU” (cardiac procedural recovery unit). Bypass/open heart patents would be recovered in the CICI.
  5. by   RNjackie23
    Provide immediate postoperative nursing care to patients undergoing surgeries including coronary artery bypass grafting, thoracotomy, valve repair and replacement, left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation (Heartmate, Heartmate II and Heartware), right ventricular assist device (RVAD) including the Tandumheart and Impella. Manage patients with ventilators, pulmonary artery catheters, arterial lines, intra-aortic balloon pumps, continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT), extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), open chest, and vasoactive IV drips.



    This is a description I was given of the unit...one person called referred to the unit as CVICU and someone else CVRU. I was confused considering they both work in that hospital wouldn't they call it the same thing. Led me to believe what if they were talking about two different units?? Can't find any info about the hospital's units online.
  6. by   Double-Helix
    That is clearly a definition of a CVICU. It’s possible that the unit used to be called something else, or was merged with another unit, and that why two staff members refer to it differently. Without asking them specifically, it’s hard to be sure.
  7. by   Wolf at the Door
    LOL...Why not call the operator and ask if they even have a CVRU? If you get transfered to CVICU ask if this is the same as CVRU...you will then have your answer. If you end up getting transferred to CVRU ask the person who picks up is this the same thing as CVICU you will have your answer. If any one ask if youre looking for a patient just say I am giving one of their family members a ride just making sure I am meeting them in the right lobby.
  8. by   RNjackie23
    Wolfatthedoor- I already did that and they asked me for the patient's name haha
  9. by   RNjackie23
    Just an update in case anyone cares- we actually just did a unit name change to Cardio Thoracic Surgery Intensive Care Unit so now we are called CTICU for short instead of CVRU.. haha

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