Progressive Care Unit

The Progressive Care Unit is a 4-bed unit composed of private rooms with 24 hour 7 day/week care.  The patient population served by the Progressive Care Unit consists of pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients with actual or potential life threatening medical or surgical conditions when it is determined that the appropriate level of care can be provided for the patient.  Patients may also be admitted for observation, post-anesthesia recovery, for a more intensive level of care and monitoring that is indicated than for a general medical/surgical patient.

The Nurse Manager manages patient care delivery in the Progressive Care Unit.  The attending physicians have primary responsibility for care of their patients in the Progressive Care Unit.

The Progressive Care Unit is staffed 7 days per week/ 24 hours per day to meet patient needs.  Supplemental staff is provided by flex, part-time, on-call Progressive Care Unit staff, contracted staff, or other Person Memorial Hospital qualified RNs. Staffing adjustments are based on census, the assessment of patient care needs and the qualifications/experience of the staff.

Patients are admitted for diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of medical and/or surgical problems. Therapies include, but are not limited to, progressive care, parenteral drug administration and epidural therapy monitoring.  Monitoring may include central venous pressure, continuous EKG, noninvasive BP, continuous pulse oximetry and ST segment monitors.  Care is multidisciplinary and based on an assessment and written plan of care.

The Progressive Care Unit Registered Nurse at Person Memorial Hospital is a professional nurse committed to ensuring that the intensive care patient receives optimal care. He/she maintains a current state license as a Registered Nurse, as well as ACLS certification. PALS certification is recommended. An ongoing program of inservice education and periodic clinical skills evaluation for all staff members is maintained to ensure that the quality of care provided is kept current within the development of patient care in the intensive care setting.