Progessive Care Unit (PCU) patients require a high intensity of nursing care and/or a high level of monitoring with the goal of providing cost-effective, high-quality, safe care. PMH nurses working in the PCU are all RNs specially trained to work with these critically ill patients. Most patients stay just a few days and then are transferred to a regular room in the Medical/Surgical Unit.
Some of the conditions from which a PCU patient may be recovering include:
- Cardiac Conditions
- Cancer or orthopedic surgery
- Severe pneumonia
- Sepsis or other serious or systemic infection
- Chronic or complicated non-healing wounds
For your comfort and well being:
- The PCU rooms are private and each patient is assigned nurses dedicated to that patient during his/her stay.
- Due to the nature of your condition, you will be monitored closely and this may include frequent testing. Your blood work, blood pressure, heart rate, and other readings may be affected by the medications and are indications of your progress.
- Your diet may be restricted to decrease salt intake or because you need an empty stomach for testing. In addition, you may be asked not to have some beverages prior to certain tests, such as a stress test. We will provide you with a meal as soon as possible after your test is completed.