Heart and Vascular Intensive Care (HVIC)
HVIC is designed for the care of the critically ill with specialty focus on medical and surgical cardiovascular patients. HVIC is divided into 3 wings with twelve beds in each pod. The south wing has open heart & vascular patients. The north & east wings have medical & surgical intensive care patients. The patient rooms are all private & are in direct view of care giver stations. The rooms are all equipped with the capability for advanced hemodynamic monitoring while providing comfort for patient & families.
Heart and Vascular Intensive Care (HVIC) Details
Number of Beds: 36 beds.
Types of Patients Cared for: The patient population consists of the Myocardial Infarction, CHF, Cardiogenic Shock, Intra Aortic Balloon Pump Therapy, Stents, Cardiac Arrests, Open Heart Surgery including CABG, Valvular repair or replacement, Thoracic procedures including Thoracotomies & Anuerysm Repair, Kidney Transplants & CVVHD.
Common procedures: advanced Hemodynamic Monitoring requiring assistance with Pulmonary Artery Catheter placement, assistance with Transvenous Temporary Pacer Insertion, Intra Aortic Balloon Pump Management, Care of the ventilator patient, CVVHD.
Shift options: Primarily 7a-7p and 7p-7a. Day & Night shift works every 3rd w/e, Night shift weekend is Friday, Saturday night. A staffing assistant coordinates schedules.
Orientation Classes: HVICU offers additional classes for the orientees. These consist of Arterial & Central Line Management, Hemodynamic & Shock / Pulmonary Artery Catheter Management, Temporary Pacing, Mixed Venous Oxygenation/SVO2 Catheters, Femoral Sheath pulling class.
Experience/Certifications: ACLS. At least one year experience in advanced acute care.
Dress Code: Professional Scrubs (navy blue and/or white).