Surgical Trauma ICU vs SICU

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by tinysnailRN tinysnailRN, BSN, RN Member Student

Specializes in Med-Surg/Tele, New to SICU. Has 1 years experience.

Hi, all!

Forgive me for my naivety, but I was just offered a position in the SICU at my dream hospital. I was just curious to know what the difference between a Surgical Trauma ICU vs SICU would be? I've tried researching this myself with minimal to no answers. Thank you in advance!

juan de la cruz, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in APRN, Adult Critical Care, General Cardiology. Has 30 years experience. 9 Articles; 4,338 Posts

That will vary within different hospitals.  Surgical/Trauma ICU's may have a combination of Trauma admissions (traumatic injuries such as gunshot wounds, motor vehicle crashes, pedestrian accidents, falls) along with the usual Surgical ICU patient population (abdominal surgery disasters, abdominal sepsis from hepatic, pancreatic, and biliary disorders requiring surgical management, abdominal organ transplants, unstable surgical oncology patients, etc).  Some institutions separate Trauma from the bread and butter Surgical ICU patients depending on the volume of cases.

tinysnailRN

tinysnailRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg/Tele, New to SICU. Has 1 years experience. 21 Posts

On 9/29/2020 at 12:48 PM, juan de la cruz said:

That will vary within different hospitals.  Surgical/Trauma ICU's may have a combination of Trauma admissions (traumatic injuries such as gunshot wounds, motor vehicle crashes, pedestrian accidents, falls) along with the usual Surgical ICU patient population (abdominal surgery disasters, abdominal sepsis from hepatic, pancreatic, and biliary disorders requiring surgical management, abdominal organ transplants, unstable surgical oncology patients, etc).  Some institutions separate Trauma from the bread and butter Surgical ICU patients depending on the volume of cases.

Awesome, thank you for replying! I had it the other way around - in my facility, there is only the Surgical ICU, BUT it is a Level 1 Trauma center so I assumed it was an umbrella term for Surgical/Trauma ICU as well! 

PaSSiNGaS

PaSSiNGaS, MSN

Specializes in Nurse Anesthesiology. Has 17 years experience. 261 Posts

If you were hired at a SICU at a large level 1 trauma that will probably be the best experience you could get.  Especially if they recover hearts in the SICU. Great experience if you ever consider CRNA school as well.