IPU?

  1. Hello all,
    Sorry if this is a dumb question but what is an IPU?
    My educated guess is that it is an 'In Patient Unit' but correct me if i am wrong.
    I am looking to work in an LTC which also staffs and IPU, and I am wanting to know what kind of work is involved in that IPU?
    Does it have a certain type of patient, ie geriatric /elederly/ortho-neuro etc or is it more along the lines of chronic care or LTAC facilities

    thanks in advance for any feedback!
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  3. by   ShantheRN
    At my hospital, it means Interim Placement Unit. It's basically an overflow unit. Kids are moved from ICU/NICU down to IPU in order to make room for more critical cases in ICU. Vitals need to be done at least q4, although some cases it's only q shift or on the other end of the spectrum, every half hour.

    I have NO idea what an IPU would function as, in terms of LTC. Is it an LTAC, maybe? Like a staging area till a room is ready?

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