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Critical Care Nursing

Our goal is to provide total care to the critically ill patient with complex needs.

  • Care is rendered by a professional staff of registered nurses working closely with the physicians to meet the needs of the patients along with Nursing Care Technicians
  • The patient's family members are considered significant participants in care
  • These nursing units provide care and treatment continuously, 24 hours a day throughout the year
  • Each unit does self-scheduling, with a scheduling committee providing guidelines and needed changes under the direction of the patient care manager
  • Critical Care Services Council: group composed of a staff nurse from each of the critical care units, making decisions regarding nursing practice and other issues that affect the staff nurse

Critical Care Units

Burn unit

Care for patients of all ages who have sustained burn injuries.

Cardiothoracic vascular intensive care unit

Care for adult patients who have had cardiothoracic or transplant surgery (heart and/or lung) requiring frequent monitoring and observation, specialized diagnostic treatments and specialized intensive care nursing.

Care for adult patients with cardiac conditions identified as critical, including but not limited to acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, cardiomyopathy, severe dysrhythmias, cardiac arrest, and cardiogenic shock requiring frequent hemodynamic monitoring, specialized diagnostic treatments, frequent observations, and specialized intensive care nursing.

Clinical decision unit 

Care for adult patients from areas that need decompression of their population that will enhance patient throughput for the hospital/enterprise.

Emergency and trauma services

The UK HealthCare Emergency Department (ED) is a Level 1 Trauma Center with approximately 40,000 patient visits a year. We serve Fayette and the surrounding counties and have a large referral population from Eastern Kentucky. The ED is an important component of the Emergency/Trauma services, which includes Neonatal Ground Transport Services.

Medical intensive care unit (1 and 2)

Care for adult patients with illnesses such as diabetic ketoacidosis, gastrointestinal bleeding, drug overdose, respiratory failure, esophageal varices, sepsis; requiring frequent observation, specialized monitoring and medical treatment, and intensive specialized nursing care.

Progressive care unit 

Care for adult patients that are hemodynamically stable who can benefit from close supervision and monitoring, such as frequent pulmonary toilet, vital signs, and/or neurological and neurovascular checks. Staff work closely with family members who are encouraged to be active in the patient's plan of care to expedite transfer to an acute care bed or rehabilitation center as appropriate.

Stroke center  

Our stroke center was the first in the region to be designated as a  Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission (JCAHO). For more information, visit UK Stroke Center.

Care for stroke patients in Lexington's first premiere stroke care unit certified by the American Stroke Association and the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Hospitals Organization (JCAHO), and a participating hospital in the prestigious American Heart Association/American Stroke Association "Get with the Guidelines Stroke Program."