The Heart Institute’s 12-bed Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) is staffed around the clock by our exceptional cardiac-trained intensive care specialists, nurse practitioners and critical care registered nurses. Each patient has a spacious single room with sleeping accommodations so a parent may spend the night in their child’s room. All of the CVICU rooms are outfitted with leading-edge technology equal to the demands of monitoring children after complex operations. This technology includes the use of near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) monitoring to calculate oxygen saturation in the heart and brain, as well as the use of rapid-assessment bedside ultrasound to instantly calculate pulmonary artery pressures and ejection fraction—two key indicators of real-time cardiac function. The unit also includes two fully equipped procedure rooms that enable our specialists to perform emergency, life-saving procedures on children too unstable to be transported out of the unit.
At the CHOC Heart Institute, we recognize that when a child is ill and needs hospitalization, the entire family is affected. We invite parents to participate in daily multidisciplinary team rounds and patient case conferences and encourage them to be active in the decisions that are made regarding their child’s care. Learn more about the patient- and family-centered care provided at the Heart Institute.
In addition, while a child is in the hospital, the family has access to the Ronald McDonald Room, adjacent to the CVICU. Run by volunteers from the Ronald McDonald House, parents have access to a business center, a stocked kitchen and one of three private sleeping rooms.
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