Cardiac Critical Care

Our dedicated cardiothoracic intensive care unit (CTICU) and separate cardiac step-down unit are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by intensivists, CTICU APNs, attendings, nurses, respiratory therapists and other specialists, for complete coverage. These units were designed to be the optimum environment to care for the complex and unique needs of our cardiac patients. We have grown to 20 beds in our CTICU and 24 beds in our step-down unit. Our team is specially trained and equipped to provide the highest level of care to patients of all ages, from neonates to adults.

Cardiac Critical Care Expertise

  • A multidisciplinary team composed of board-certified physicians from a variety of backgrounds (critical care medicine, pediatric cardiology, pediatric anesthesia, cardiac surgeons)
  • Dedicated pharmacy and nutritional services
  • Parents are encouraged to join in on rounds so that they may have their questions answered

Cardiac Critical Care Specialties

  • Blood conservation measures
  • Evidenced-based medicine
  • Early extubation strategy
  • Order entry systems (EPIC) to minimize drug errors and enhance communication/documentation
  • Pain & Sedation team available 24/7
  • Use of patient simulator & mock codes to improve staff CPR knowledge and outcome
  • Innovative management strategies of single ventricle patients
  • Reducing infection in the ICU