Trauma Intermediate Care Unit ensuring right care, right setting
Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, long the region’s leading Trauma Center, now has a six-bed Trauma Intermediate Care Unit — allowing patients no longer needing intensive care but still needing close monitoring to move soon to a less restrictive and more family-friendly environment.
The unit allows new patients whose acuity doesn’t require placement in an ICU to receive closer monitoring than what is provided in the standard floor unit.
The beds have their own staffing plan, typically three patients per nurse, 24 hours a day. That’s more patients per nurse than in the ICU, but fewer than on the typical medical surgical unit — providing the right level of care in the most appropriate setting.
In addition, the private rooms dedicated for the unit already were equipped with lifts in the ceiling for use with patients with multiple fractures, lower extremity fractures and spinal cord injuries.