Surgical and Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (SNICU)

Our SNICU is the largest intensive care unit in Iowa, seeing more than 2,500 patients each year. Using a team approach, the SNICU staff members develop a supportive atmosphere for the patient and the patient's families. The multidisciplinary team consists of staff physicians, nurses and nursing assistants, social workers, registered dietitians, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and pharmacists.

The 34-bed unit is staffed by physicians and nurses who are skilled in the care of acutely ill surgical patients and have extensive experience in managing complex emergencies. The SNICU provides care for patients suffering from:

  • Respiratory failure 
  • Sepsis 
  • Multi-system trauma
  • Peri-operative complications
  • Acute neurological injuries
  • Post-organ transplantation care

Our SNICU provides a full range of intensive care services, using advanced monitoring techniques and equipment. These monitors and therapies include:

  • Pulmonary artery catheters
  • Arterial lines
  • Intracranial pressure monitoring and CSF drainage
  • Ventilatory support
  • Continuous infusion of vasoactive medications
  • Pain management
  • Care for micro-vascular reconstruction
  • Advanced neurological monitoring
  • Intra-aortic balloon pumps
  • Left ventricular assist devices (LVAD)
  • Renal replacement therapies (CVVH)
  • Nitric oxide
  • Organ transplants 

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