Cardiac Intensive Care
Our state-of-the-art Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) is designed to meet the unique needs of children and adults with Congenital Heart Disease, whose levels of care range from basic to highly critical. Located on the third floor of the hospital's new medical tower, the 35,000 square-foot CICU features 28 private patient rooms, outfitted with cutting-edge technology to provide the best available cardiac care in Louisiana and the Gulf South. Each patient bed is designed to allow medical staff complete access to the child, allowing many surgical procedures to occur at the bedside. The spaces also offer in-room sleeping areas for families. Our CICU is staffed 24/7 with in-house Children's Hospital attending physician care.
Our staff provides around-the-clock care until patients are able to return home. The CICU team includes:
- Intensive care physicians
- Nurse practitioners
- Multi-specialty technicians
Patient stays in the CICU can be as short as five days for simple procedures or as long as three months for more complex recoveries. Once a child is diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease, we offer convenient meetings with our cardiothoracic surgeons and tours of our CICU as well as the Children's Hospital facility. The CICU provides immediate vertical adjacency to our surgical and cath suites that are now one short elevator ride away.
Parents are encouraged to visit as often as they are able, to foster our dedication to family-centered care. Daily rounds begin at 9 am, and we invite parents to join in rounds as they are an integral part of the care team. All visitors must be free of any cold or flu-like symptoms. Three visitors are permitted at each bedside at one time. Visitation is allowed 24 hours a day, except during a sterile procedure. During RSV/Flu season, the minimum age to enter the unit for visiting is 12-years-old.
The CICU Family Lounge is located off the CICU Waiting Room. The lounge is available to parents and family members who have children in the CICU. Only parents or primary caregivers may stay in the hospital overnight (9 pm to 8 am). The CICU offers an on-unit washer and dryer.