Cardiovascular Inpatient Care
Cardiac patients receive the highest standard of specialized care, treatment and monitoring in Greenwich Hospital’s Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU) as well as our Intermediate Care (Telemetry) Unit.
The cardiac care team includes an intensivist (a physician specially trained to care for critically ill patients), cardiologists, physician assistants and nurses, as well as physical, occupational and speech therapists, case managers, social workers, dietitians and pharmacists.
Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU)
The cardiac patients in the 10-bed Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU) receive the safest and most advanced intensive care available. Technology ranges from sophisticated bedside monitors to leading-edge ventilators and defibrillators. Staff are specially trained to treat patients with complex and life-threatening cardiac conditions. Patients’ electrocardiograms (EKGs) and vital signs are monitored continuously.
Being in intensive care can be overwhelming and stressful. Our MSICU staff focuses on listening and responding to the concerns of patients and family members. Social workers and spiritual counselors are available as needed. The MSICU also maintains a patient- and family- centered visiting policy with flexible hours. They can arrange overnight accommodations for family members in the lounge or patient’s room.
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Intermediate Care Unit
The Intermediate Care Unit staff cares for cardiac patients who do not need intensive care, but do require specialized monitoring, nursing and resources. Normally, patients are transferred to this 14-bed unit after 24-48 hours in the MSICU. Specially trained staff and equipment are available to monitor patients around the clock.
Appropriate pain control helps patients recover faster and also reduces the risk of developing certain complications. When pain is well controlled, patients are better able to participate in important activities such as walking, deep breathing exercises and physical therapy and rehabilitation. All cardiac patients are continually assessed to ensure they remain comfortable.
The Integrative Medicine Program at Greenwich Hospital sponsors the Healing Touch Program, a holistic energy-based therapy that complements patient care. Trained Healing Touch volunteers use soothing techniques to help patients relax and facilitate healing. This service can be arranged through staff on the inpatient floor.
Hospital chaplains provide a spiritual presence in keeping with the beliefs or religious practices of patients and their families. Chaplains are available for counsel, prayer and support for those in need. The Spiritual Care Department
will also assist in contacting clergy from the community.