Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
Combining modern, state-of-the-art equipment with natural light and a warm environment, our eight-bed Intensive Care Unit creates an atmosphere of healing for our patients, nurses and physicians.
Taking a holistic approach, the ICU team works closely with intensivists (or intensive care specialists), cardiologists, nephrologists and other primary care physicians. We even offer 24-hour monitoring through eCare-ICU, a remote care system through St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City.
The ICU treats patients with serious and often life-threatening conditions who require constant monitoring. We serve patients suffering from conditions such as:
- Severe sepsis
- Unstable angina
- Respiratory failure
- End-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Cardiogenic shock
- Unstable cardiac arrhythmias
- Post-surgical complications
Thanks to eCare-ICU, a program through St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, patients in Mercy Regional's Intensive Care Unit benefit from round-the-clock monitoring and medical care.
Unit rooms are equipped with cameras and microphones, making it possible for patients to receive full care at all times, even overnight. After hours — from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. — St. Luke's physicians and nurses in Kansas City serve as the primary point of contact for patient needs through eCare-ICU.
Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU)
The Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU) or "step-down unit" is for patients whose conditions require close monitoring, but not ICU-level care. For example, the IMCU often serves patients who:
- Recently completed a cardiac catheterization
- Need the respiratory support of a CPAP or BiPAP
- Have new onset of stable cardiac arrhythmias
- Need aggressive pulmonary physiotherapy
- Are stable following a stroke
- Have diabetic ketoacidosis
- Have early sepsis
Though located in Critical Care Services, the Express Unit actually serves as an outpatient center for various non-critical patient treatments and procedures, including:
- Pre- and post-procedure care
- Dressing changes
- Central-line care