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Thoracic Intermediate Care Unit (TICU)

Exclusively for our patients, this specialized nursing unit, one of the premier nursing units in the country, consists of 19 private rooms staffed by ACLS-certified RNs who have completed a specialized thoracic surgical education program and received advanced critical care training.

The TICU’s capabilities include care of the stable, ventilated patient, as well as maintenance of arterial lines, CVP lines, pressers, and patient-controlled epidural infusion for pain control. We also perform procedures requiring conscious sedation monitoring, such as bedside bronchoscopy, and offer recovery for selected patients admitted directly from the thoracic surgical suite.

Patients will benefit from our multi-disciplinary approach, crafted specifically for thoracic patients, one that includes a team of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, physical therapists and social workers working together to ensure seamless integration of our patients’ care.

The Unit’s staff focus on meeting the thoracic patient’s special pain management and secretion control needs. We maintain specialized equipment to permit early post-operative ambulation, such as adapted walkers that provide extra support and contain receptacles for patient equipment.

In addition, a dedicated in-unit rehabilitation facility is specially designed for our patients. Recumbent bicycles and treadmills hold the patient’s portable oxygen, chest tube and Foley catheter during exercise, facilitating movement that enhances recovery. This aggressive PT program helps patients to avoid complications, and function more independently at home.


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