Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
The 30-bed Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego provides cardiac critical care for people of all ages (from newborns to adults) with congenital or acquired heart disease.
Staffed by critical care cardiac physicians and nurses, 24 hours a day, the CVICU cares for cardiology and cardiovascular surgery patients from admission through discharge. Many patients are admitted to the CVICU within hours of being born. The unit will also care for all heart transplant patients when this program begins.
To ensure continuity of care, the team that cares for patients throughout their procedures continues to care for them in the unit afterwards. And since a consistent team cares for all cardiac patients admitted to the unit, patients who return to the Hospital for subsequent procedures will recognize the doctors and nurses.
A full range of cardiac services are provided, including
- Patient monitoring
- Lab testing
- Radiology exams
- Ventilation, including ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation), an advanced technology that circulates blood so that oxygen can be supplied to the body
Patients also receive dietary services, social services and child life services.
The state-of-the-art unit was created to care for the growing number of cardiac patients requiring specialized services and advanced technology. Our renowned Cardiovascular Surgery team performs about 500 operations each year.
For information on all of our Critical Care services, click here.
Video: CVICU Grand Opening
- Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
Rose Pavilion, Third Floor (South)
3020 Children’s Way
San Diego, CA 92123
- Phone: 858-966-5852