Critical Care Cohort

The critical care cohort supports the critical care service line at these Prisma Health facilities.

Baptist Easley Hospital

Critical Care Unit (CCU): An 11-bed unit that offers continuous cardiac monitoring. The population includes patients on cardiac and paralytic drips, assistive ventilation devices, diabetic ketoacidosis, COPD, CVA, CHF, post cardiac arrest, GI bleeding, overdoses, sepsis, pulmonary embolism, complicated surgical, and cardiac arrhythmias. Some of the therapies and bedside procedures on this unit include intubation, arterial lines, TEE/Cardioversion, vasopressor therapy, and tracheostomies, inserting central lines, chest tubes, paracentesis, thoracentesis, and bronchoscopies.

Greenville Memorial Medical Campus

Cardiovascular ICU: This unit provides immediate recovery of open heart surgery patients, thoracic and vascular surgery patients, and provides ECMO support.

Coronary Care Unit (CCU): CCU is a 13-bed ICU that care for Critical Care patients who specialize in caring for patients who have had myocardial infarction, advanced heart failure, MSOF, shock, life threatening arrhythmias and post cardiac arrest. CCU nurses will be trained to use specialty devices such as Impella, IABP, Zoll Thermogaurd for target temperature management, EKOS and Aquaphoresis.

Progressive Critical Care Unit (PCCU): Progressive ICU is a 15-bed critical care unit that cares for patient population that can be found across the ICU’s including stroke, renal failure, respiratory failure, cardiac drips, sepsis, diabetic ketoacidosis, heart failure, trauma and arrhythmias. Nurses in this unit may care for up to three patients with the assistance of a PCT.

Medical-Surgical ICU (MSICU): This is a 30-bed recently renovated unit. The MSICU patient population varies widely, but can include the management of critical post-operative patients, septic shock, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and diabetic ketoacidosis patients. MSICU staff are also members of the Medical Emergency/RRT team.

Neuro and Trauma ICU: Neuro and Trauma are sister units. Neuro is a 16-bed ICU on the 3rd floor and Trauma is a 15-bed ICU on the 4th floor.  The same nurses service both units and the patient populations are often mixed. Staff manage the care of trauma patients requiring ICU level care after their initial survey in the trauma bay. These patients include motor vehicle accidents, falls, and penetrating injuries such as gunshot wounds, stab wounds, and other impaling injuries. GMH is a Comprehensive Stroke Certified hospital so this unit gets the sickest neuro patient population in the upstate. These patients include subarachnoid hemorrhages, ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes, neurosurgical patients, spine surgeries, and traumatic brain injuries.

Hillcrest Memorial Hospital

Hillcrest ICU: This is a 6-bed community hospital ICU. The patient population consists of medical surgical patients with DKA, acute respiratory issues, uncontrolled atrial fibrillation, and some orthopedic injuries.

Laurens County Memorial Hospital

Coronary Care Unit (CCU): An 8-bed acute care unit providing care for actual or potential life-threatening multi-system conditions including but not limited to shock, acute respiratory failure, cardia arrest, unstable angina, life-threatening arrhythmias, DKA, hypertensive crisis, and critical patients receiving IV antiarrhythmic therapy and vasoactive infusions. CCU staff are also members of the Medical Emergency/RRT team.

Oconee Memorial Hospital

ICU Intermediate: A 24-bed unit that utilizes cardiac monitoring for every patient. Patient population includes patients on cardiac drips and assistive ventilation devices. Procedures carried out at the bedside include cardioversions, transesophageal echocardiograms, chest tubes and paracentesis.

ICU Medical: A 12-bed unit that offers continuous cardiac monitoring. The patient population includes diabetic ketoacidosis, COPD, CVA, post cardiac arrest, GI bleeding, overdoses, sepsis, pulmonary embolism, and cardiac arrhythmias. Some of the therapies on this unit include intubation, arterial lines, TEE/Cardioversion, vasopressor therapy, and tracheostomies. Bedside procedures include intubation, inserting central lines, chest tubes, paracentesis, and wound care.

Program Structure
  • Structured orientation plan with (10-24 weeks, dependent on cohort) guided education, computer-based training content and precepted time with experienced RNs
  • Clinical, professional development and reflective practice sessions to aid in the development of self-care and resilience
  • Simulation and skill lab experience using current professional curriculum, standards and evidence-based guideline
  • Interactive class and computer-based educational support from national nursing organizations per cohort-specific content
  • Engagement with Prisma Health-Upstate clinical experts and leaders in a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care
  • Successful completion of weekly goals and objectives per cohort, in addition to a program and simulation competency final

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