Intermediate care area


This may be a ridiculous question for some, but is the intermediate care area in a hospital the same as a step down unit? Are there any nurses who work on one that could give me some insight on your patient population? Thank you much! ?

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

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Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 12 years experience.

I have called it PCU (Progressive Care Unit) and ICU Stepdown. I have not heard the term "intermediate care", but a quick Internet search states it is a unit that is not as acute as ICU but more acute than the general Med-Surg population. From that definition, then yes. Intermediate Care and PCU/ICU Stepdown are likely very similar.

Specializes in Progressive care.

Thank you for the clarification!