The IMCU RN's primary function is to provide an environment wherein adult medical and surgical patients requiring intermediate care can be frequently assessed, monitored, and receive appropriate therapy and nursing interventions. IMCU patients generally fall into two categories: patients who require an increased intensity of nursing care and/or patients who require an increased level of monitoring. The IMCU RN collaborates with all members of the multidisciplinary team - RT, PT, OT, Pharmacy, Discharge Planning, Surgeons and Hospitalists.
The IMCU is reserved for patients requiring less care than standard intensive care but more than that which is available from ward care. Characteristics of intermediate care patients (as compared to critical care patients) include: a decreased risk of a life-threatening event, a decreased need for invasive monitoring, increased stability, and an increased ability to participate in their own care.
Examples of procedures and medication drips to manage: insulin, precedex, cardizem, amiodarone, epidurals & PCAs, tracheostomies, BiPAP, and heated high flow oxygen.
Equipment utilized in the unit/dept: Computerized charting in EPIC. Medication charting in EPIC. Use of Omnicell for medication retreival. Use of GE Monitors for cardiac monitoring and vital signs. Other general equipment used would be a vein finder for IV starting, bladder scanner, and a defibrillator/pacer in code situations.