Critical Care Medicine
Emerson’s 14-bed Critical Care Unit (CCU) provides care for patients age 14 and older who require close monitoring or intensive medical care. The CCU is open 24x7.
Pulmonologists, cardiologists and intensivists work collaboratively with our hospitalists to co-manage patient care in the CCU. The unit is staffed by experienced and highly skilled nurses who have advanced training in critical care. Other clinical specialists consult as necessary.
CCU staff members recognize that families are important to the healing and recovery process. Health professionals work closely with family members to provide the best possible care to each patient.
Patients may be admitted to the CCU for therapeutic interventions such as:
- Mechanical ventilation
- Temporary cardiac pacing
- Thrombolytic therapy
- Intravenous infusion of vasoactive agents
- Acute peritoneal dialysis
Critical care patients may also require continuous monitoring such as:
- Acute myocardial infarction or unstable angina
- Multi-system organ failure
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Respiratory or neurologic deterioration
- Ingestion of a potentially toxic substance
- Renal failure requiring intensive observation and/or intervention
- Life-threatening endocrine emergencies
- Post-operative recovery when the PACU is closed
Other critical care patients require diagnostic procedures such as:
- Pulmonary arterial lines
- Peripheral arterial lines
- Transesophageal echocardiograms
Support Services and Groups
Emerson offers community health and wellness programs and classes designed to support patients with a wide range of health issues. There are also a number of support groups available for people to find encouragement and advice in a like-minded setting.