Progressive Care Unit (PCU)
The Progressive Care Unit is a specialized nursing unit designed to care for stable, critically ill patients of varying acuities with a high potential for life-threatening changes. The Progressive Care Unit strives to provide the highest quality of nursing care at the lowest possible cost in the safest environment possible.
The Progressive Care Unit’s scope of service encompasses a mixed medical/surgical patient population with a wide variety of diagnosis. The unit population includes but is not limited to patients with diagnoses of hemodynamically stable myocardial infarction, post-open heart patients, post-interventional patients, patients requiring temporary or permanent pacemakers. Neuro diagnosis to include those patients with a positive or a suspected diagnosis of a stroke, a transient ischemic attack or seizures. It also include those patients with mild-to-moderate CHF without shock, medically stable ventilated patients, patients with compromised gas exchange with the potential for worsening respiratory insufficiency, patients who require frequent neurologic, pulmonary, or cardiac monitoring for a drug ingestion or overdose, patients with GI bleed or diabetic ketoacidosis, postoperative patients who are hemodynamically stable but require fluid resuscitation or close nurse monitoring, patients requiring closely titrated fluid management, and any patient requiring frequent nursing observation or extensive time requirement for nursing care. Care is individualized to the patient to elevate the level of care focusing on the patient’s medical needs and based on best practice guidelines. Treatments in the Progressive Care Unit include, but are not limited to: airway management with mechanical assistance; IV therapy, cardiac monitoring; pacemaker monitoring; medication administration and monitoring; patient education; and discharge planning.