Special Care Unit (SCU)

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The Special Care Unit provides safe, comprehensive, specialized, high quality care for the critically ill patient. Those admitted to Special Care Unit require treatment for shock states, trauma, unstable angina, stroke, heart attack, respiratory failure, life support, recovery from major surgery, and pediatric conditions such as respiratory distress and dehydration. Staff is certified in BLS, PALS and ACLS and trained in electrocardioversion, temporary pacing, and use of nitrates, thrombolytic therapies, oximetry monitoring and cardiac arrest response. SCU provides high standards of care with the utmost regard to patient safety and comfort. Individualized plans of care are provided with respect of patient safety, privacy and confidentiality.

To meet each patient’s needs, we follow a multi-disciplinary approach that involves physicians, nurses, dieticians, pharmacists, and physical, occupational and respiratory therapist and social services. Our team is dedicated to providing expert healthcare and to treating patients with the compassion and respect they deserve.

The Special Care Unit offers 3 private rooms, equipped with state of the art cardiac monitoring and constant observation by a Registered Nurse. The Unit provides constant cardiac monitoring on the patients with Telemetry by a RN or specially-trained Telemetry Technician. Diagnostic procedures include Stress testing, Nuclear stress testing and Electrocardiogram testing. Once patients are stabilized they are transferred to another patient care unit or to a more specialized facility.

Visitation Guidelines

We encourage you to visit your loved one in the SCU.  We are working to provide the best possible SCU and to protect the privacy of all our patients.

  1. Up to two people at a time may visit the patient.
  2. Children under age 12 are not allowed to visit the SCU (due to risk of infection)
  3. Please remain in your patient's room or in the SCU waiting room.
  4. Please do not linger at the nurse's station or hallway between SCU rooms and nurse's station.
  5. You may be asked to leave the SCU at any time so we can provide complex patient care, perform procedures, or deal with emergencies.
  6. Visitors will be asked to leave the premises if they become disruptive or interfere with general comfort and care of patients, visitors, and staff.
  7. People with evidence of mild communicable illnesses or infections will not be allowed to visit patients.