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Critical care

With professional, caring staff working hard to offer the best care possible, you can expect quality, compassionate services from Critical Care Services no matter what kind of treatment you need.

Critical Care Services includes:

  •  Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  •  Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU)
  •  Express Unit

To guarantee the best plan of care for our patients, we also utilize the expertise of other departments, including:

  • Cardiac Services — The Heart Institute at Mercy Regional
  • Kidney Care — Flint Hills Kidney Services
  • Laboratory Services
  • Nutrition Services
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Radiology
  • Respiratory Therapy — Cardiopulmonary Department
  • Social Services — Case Management

Services

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Combining modern, state-of-the-art equipment with natural light and a warm environment, our eight-bed Intensive Care Unit creates an atmosphere of healing for our patients, nurses and physicians.

Taking a holistic approach, the ICU team works closely with intensivists (or intensive care specialists), cardiologists, nephrologists and other primary care physicians. We even offer 24-hour monitoring through eCare-ICU, a remote care system through St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City.

The ICU treats patients with serious and often life-threatening conditions who require constant monitoring. We serve patients suffering from conditions such as:

  • Severe sepsis
  • Unstable angina
  • Respiratory failure
  • End-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Cardiogenic shock
  • Unstable cardiac arrhythmias
  • Post-surgical complications

eCare-ICU

Thanks to eCare-ICU, a program through St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, patients in Mercy Regional's Intensive Care Unit benefit from round-the-clock monitoring and medical care.

Unit rooms are equipped with cameras and microphones, making it possible for patients to receive full care at all times, even overnight. After hours — from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. — St. Luke's physicians and nurses in Kansas City serve as the primary point of contact for patient needs through eCare-ICU.

Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU)

The Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU) or "step-down unit" is for patients whose conditions require close monitoring, but not ICU-level care. For example, the IMCU often serves patients who:

  • Recently completed a cardiac catheterization
  • Need the respiratory support of a CPAP or BiPAP
  • Have new onset of stable cardiac arrhythmias
  • Need aggressive pulmonary physiotherapy
  • Are stable following a stroke
  • Have diabetic ketoacidosis
  • Have early sepsis

Express Unit

Though located in Critical Care Services, the Express Unit actually serves as an outpatient center for various non-critical patient treatments and procedures, including:

  • Infusions
  • Transfusions
  • Pre- and post-procedure care
  • Dressing changes
  • Central-line care
  • Labs
  • X-rays
  • Dialysis