ICU stands for Intensive Care Unit. The intensive care unit is where patients are placed when they need a higher level of care, observation and monitoring during an illness or after surgery.
There are many illnesses and injuries that can lead to the need for intensive care.
In intensive care, clinical staff closely watches the patient 24 hours a day. The wires and monitors may seem overwhelming, but it this specialized care that offers the best outcomes.
Patients at many of our Banner Health hospitals benefit from an additional layer of care provided by the advanced technology called TeleICU. Our remote team of intensive care specialists partner with your bedside care team to provide you with 24-hour-a-day, 7-days-a-week monitoring when you are in the ICU.
Most Banner Health hospitals offer Intensive Care for patients who need more monitoring.
If you are a patient at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center and need a higher level of care due to a severe illness or injury or following a major surgery, you may be placed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The ICU has a higher staff-to-patient ratio. You will be closely monitored and treated by specially trained staff, 24 hours a day.
The staff is a team that works closely together to meet your individual needs. The team consists of:
The ICU is different from other hospital units because it features advanced equipment to provide your special care. This equipment includes:
Banner Thunderbird Medical Center also offers TeleICU. TeleICU is staffed by critical care doctors (intensivists), acute care nurse practitioners and nurses, 24/7.