Medical Director: Dr. Patricia MurphyNurse Manager: Jeanne Elgie-WatsonPatient Care Coordinators: Joe Abaday and Bridget Dopson
Many people will take part in your care. The following are those who you will meet most often.
ConsultantsDoctors who may be contacted, as needed, to make sure the best possible care is given.
CV Anesthetist (Staff Physician)This doctor is in charge of the unit and provides your daily medical care.
CV SurgeonThis is the doctor who operated on you.
Surgical and Anesthesia FellowsWe have 2 medical doctors (Fellows) who provide 24 hour medical coverage. A fellow or staff doctor is always available in the ICU.
Charge nurses help with the flow of patients entering and leaving the unit.
ICU Registered Nurses (RN)This is a nurse with special training who will be with you 24 hours a day while in the ICU.
Nursing StudentsUHN is a teaching hospital. All nursing students in the unit get close supervision from teachers and staff. Students will introduce themselves to you so that you know who they are.
Nurse ManagerNurse managers are in charge of the unit and may be contacted by patients and their families, about any concerns not addressed by the bedside nurse or medical team.
Patient Care Coordinator (PCC)The PCC helps the manager with patient care. The PCC can also be contacted with any concerns not addressed by the bedside nurse or medical team.
Registered DietitiansA dietician will make sure that you receive the best possible nutrition, either through the food you eat or through a feeding tube, if you are experiencing swallowing problems.
Occupational TherapistsOccupational therapists help you to be more independent. They help you with everyday activities like eating, dressing and bathing. In the ICU, occupational therapists provide splints that prevent muscle tightening and maintain proper positioning of hands and feet.
PharmacistsPharmacists give information about the medicine you're taking. They also help to make sure you have the best medicine for your needs.
PhysiotherapistsPhysiotherapists provide an exercise program to maintain and improve strength in the limbs and to assist in keeping the lungs clear.
Respiratory Therapists (RT)The respiratory therapist is responsible for the "breathing machine" (ventilator) and will assess your breathing status every day.
Social WorkersSocial workers can provide family counseling, assistance and support, coordinate family conferences and talk about discharge-planning options.
Spiritual Care ProfessionalsSpiritual care providers support patients and families of all faiths.
Patient Care Assistants (PCA)Patient care assistants help you with your personal care needs, such as bathing, feeding and mobility. They are staff members trained by the hospital.
VolunteersVolunteers manage the waiting area and help to organize visits into the CVICU. They direct your family to other areas and services within the hospital.
Ward ClerkWard clerks provide administrative support and are typically the first person who patients meet when arriving in the unit.
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