Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Life can be challenging when a family member is critically ill. The intensive care specialists at Banner Estrella understand and they focus on providing the most advanced and compassionate care during difficult times.
The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at Banner Estrella provides patients with state-of-the-art cardiac monitoring, including Banner iCare™ electronic monitoring.
In the Banner iCare™ program, specially-trained clinical staff back up physicians, nurses and other caregivers at the bedside and help monitor ICU patient information 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These specially-trained staff members work from a command center at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, and connect with the individual facilities electronically.
On site at Banner Estrella, the CICU staff works together to attend to the special needs of patients and to keep family members informed. A specially trained team of registered nurses (RNs) and respiratory care practitioners (RCPs) collaborate to oversee the care and treatment of each patient.
The respiratory care practitioners follow the patient’s oxygen needs, administer respiratory treatments, manage the respirator, draw blood for lab tests and perform EKGs.
The registered nurse is the primary caregiver. She administers medications, performs physical assessments and coordinates any other care needed.
The health care team works closely with the physician; however, the time of doctor visits is determined by each individual physician.