Surgical Intensive Care Unit East (SICU-E) / Open Heart Recovery Room (OHRR)


Surgical Intensive Care Unit East (SICU-E) / Open Heart Recovery Room (OHRR)

About the Unit

SICU-E is a 10-bed unit located in the Acute Care Services Building on the first floor. It is open 24-hours- a-day, 7-days-a-week. OHRR is open on an as-needed basis.


Head Nurse: Karen Grant, RN, ADN, CCRN

Head Nurse: Audrey McIntyre, RN, AAS

Head Nurse: Maryann Faller-Urbano, RN, BSN

Case Manager: Marcia Sterling, RN

Case Manager: Maryann Weachock, RN

The same staff cares for the patients in both units. There is one critical care technician each shift who assists with basic patient care. There is a unit secretary on each shift to perform data entry and secretarial duties.

Patient population

The SICU-E nursing staff cares for adult patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery over 18 years of age. Patients on this unit require critical nursing care interventions due to coronary bypass, valve replacement and transplant surgery.

Patient Care Needs

Patients in SICU-East/OHRR require one-on-one or two-on-one nursing care. They require continuous cardiac monitoring, frequent nursing and ancillary service intervention and other specialized equipment and procedures such as intubation, mechanical ventilation, hemodynamic monitoring or hemodialysis, ventricular assist devices, titration of vasoactive drugs, chest tube placement and management, transfusion of blood and blood products, pacemakers, cardioversion, defibrillation, pain management and sedation.

About Our Nurses

Nursing care is provided by professional registered nurses competent in the care of emergency, cardiothoracic, trauma, vascular, neurological, and surgical patients. Competencies include, but are not limited to:

  • Telemetry certification
  • Vasoactive, anti arrhythmic drug management
  • Hemodynamic monitoring
  • Conscious sedation
  • Pain management
  • Arterial blood gas and mixed venous blood gas drawing and interpretation
  • Assisting with PEG placement
  • ACLS
  • CVVH
  • IAPB
  • IV certification
  • Managing jet ventilation patients
  • Wound debridement and packing
  • Rapid blood infusion
  • Bedside thoracotomy procedures
  • Ventricular assist devices
  • Assisting with percutaneous tracheostomy placement
  • Peritoneal dialysis
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