Step-down units (SDUs) are sometimes used to provide an intermediate level of care for patients whose illness severity may not warrant ICU care, but who are not stable enough to be treated in the ward (5 ,6). As such, they can improve ICU throughput.
Progressive care nursing jobs involve care for patients requiring close monitoring and frequent assessment, but who aren't unstable enough to need ICU care. PCU nurses monitor cardiac and other critical vital signs and detect any changes, thereby enabling intervention of life-threatening or emergency situations.
Intensive care is needed if someone is seriously ill and requires intensive treatment and close monitoring, or if they're having surgery and intensive care can help them recover. Most people in an ICU have problems with 1 or more organs. For example, they may be unable to breathe on their own.
The first is “stepdown” patients who were receiving intensive care (usually organ support) but who no longer have full intensive care needs. Patients may often be defined as “stepdown” by exclusion (i.e., that they no longer meet any criteria for full intensive care).Jun 18, 2014