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ICU Nurse Ratios

What is an ICU?

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is a unit in the hospital where patients are placed when they need a higher level of care, including intensive monitoring and closer observation.

 

What types of patients are in the NEBH ICU?

The ICU at NEBH is a multidisciplinary ICU that manages orthopedic surgery, medical, and general surgery patients. The majority of patients at NEBH are orthopedic in nature, and the ICU patient population reflects post-operative orthopedic care.

Due to the complexity of many neurosurgical and spine surgical procedures being performed at NEBH, at least 50%, of patients being admitted to our ICU have undergone complex spine surgery.

Why are ratios reported?

Due to department of public health requirements, each hospital must report the following:

1. Average daily patient volume;

2. Average number of daily staff nurses; and

3. Average daily staff nurse-to-patient ratio, which is found by dividing the average daily patient census by the number of staff nurses on per shift.

Who is on the ICU Care Team?

Although the numbers listed above reflect only ICU nurses, there are many more members on the NEBH ICU care team. In order to meet patient needs, the team is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of health care providers including:


AN INTENSIVIST

A physician specialized in Critical Care Medicine, and is the primary responsible physician for all patients admitted to the ICU.


HOSPITALISTS

Provide on-site night coverage to all ICU patients, under the direction of the intensivist.


PHYSICIAN SPECIALISTS/CONSULTATIONS

Physicians who specialize in a variety of fields such as cardiology, infection control, pulmonology, hematology, endocrinology, etc., and are available for consultations when necessary.


A NURSE MANAGER

An ICU-trained Registered nurse (RN), who is responsible for overseeing the patient care provided by the ICU nurses.


AN ICU NURSE EDUCATOR

An ICU-trained Registered nurse, who is responsible for maintaining the clinical competencies of all nurses working in the ICU.


THE ICU NURSES

Clinical nurses responsible for delivering 24/7 patient care, while working collaboratively with all members of the team.


RESPIRATORY THERAPISTS

Responsible for caring for all patients who require advanced respiratory management.


A REGISTERED PHARMACIST

Rounds every morning with the ICU team, and provides assistance to the intensivist and nurses, performing a comprehensive review of medications and providing pharmacologic consultations.


A NURSING ASSISTANT

Assist nurses in performing daily patient care, such as bathing, toileting, and ambulation of patient.


PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

Initiate physical therapy as soon as the patients have been medically cleared by the intensivist to participate in prescribed therapy.


CASE MANAGERS

Registered nurses who follow every patient’s care plan, and actively interact with the intensivist and nurses to monitor the patient’s progress. Facilitate the patient’s disposition once they are ready to be transferred out of ICU to another level of care.


LAB/RADIOLOGY PERSONNEL

Available to do bloodwork or imaging tests as needed.


NUTRITIONIST

Works with the care team to address all nutritional needs and assist in managing medical conditions.

 

 

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