General Intensive Care Unit (GICU) at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is a 16-bed intensive care unit which focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to nursing care. This unit collaborates with respiratory therapy, pharmacy, dietary and case management to help patients achieve the best possible outcome. Patient outcome focus is centered on reduction in ventilator length of stay, blood stream infections, ventilator associated pneumonia, patient safety and evidence-based best practice.
GICU has a nurse-patient ratio of 2:1 based upon nursing acuity. Many of the patients are in multi-system organ failure and require continuous hemodynamic monitoring. Approximately 70% of the patient population is on mechanical ventilation. The patient care team consists of specially trained critical care registered nurses, nursing care partners, and an administrative associate to ensure accurate physician order entry. Other team members may include respiratory therapists, physical therapists, case managers, chaplains, pharmacists, and nutritionists / dieticians. All nurses are required to have their Advanced Cardiopulmonary Life Support (ACLS) certification within 12 months of hire and are encouraged to pursue Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) certification. Staff also participates in academic rounds with Eastern Virginia Medical School daily.
GICU is proud to be the Beta Test site for the first eICU in the nation. eICU is the cutting edge of medical technology and allows GICU patients to be monitored and evaluated by a board certified intensive care physician and experience critical care registered nurse on a real time basis. eICU staff continually monitors vital signs and lab work while being physically located in another area of the hospital. eICU staff has the capability to virtually see and communicate with the patient and nurse, thus allowing instant collaboration with a board certified intensivist.