Banner Heart Hospital performs up to 800 open-heart surgeries a year. We understand that open-heart surgery can be very stressful for patients and their families.
Our intensive care specialists focus on providing the most advanced and compassionate care for patients and families during these times.
The Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) is where patients recover from surgery. It is located on the fifth floor of the Heart Hospital. After surgery and speaking with the surgeon, you and your family will be asked to wait outside the CVICU. You will be contacted by the staff when your loved one is ready for a visit. It takes time for patients to adjust, and we appreciate your patience. We recommend keeping your visits brief initially.
What to Expect
While in the CVICU, patients are usually connected to many machines, tubes and wires. All of them are to help the patient, but please be aware that they are often noisy and sometimes set off alarms. At first, patients are connected to breathing tubes, which help them breathe until they are awake enough to breathe on their own. Each patient takes his or her own time to stabilize enough to have the breathing tube removed.
When to Visit
As your loved one heals, you can arrange for brief visits. Keep in mind that rest is a vital part of recovery.
CVICU Visiting Hours:
- 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- 4 to 7 p.m.
There is no visiting during shift change, which happens between 7 and 8:30 a.m., and 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The CVICU at Banner Heart Hospital is furnished with state-of-the-art equipment. The staff works 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 each patient's care and treatment.
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 and administers medications, performs physical assessments and coordinates any other care needed. They work closely with the physician, however the time of doctor visits is determined by each individual physician.
To contact the CVICU, call (480) 854-5520. We are available to answer your questions 24 hours a day.