Learn Our Lingo (LOL): Patient care units

July 9, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

How well do “u” know patient care units around the organization? From the PICU to the MSSU and others in between, there are areas across the academic medical center that provide world-class care for patients with specialized needs.

Learn Our Lingo is back to clarify what these units are — and how they fit within the continuum of care at Michigan Medicine!

  • ADTU: Ambulatory Diagnostic Treatment Unit. The ADTU is a patient’s best option for nonemergent ambulatory care, addressing acute issues that could normally be handled in a clinic setting, but require extra time or intervention. While the ADTU requires a referral from a Michigan Medicine team member, it reduces emergency department admissions and alleviates wait time for patients.
  • CCMU: Critical Care Medicine Unit. A 20-bed area on the 6th floor of University Hospital that provides intensive specialized care for critically-ill adult patients. It is similar to what is referred to simply as the Medical ICU (intensive care unit) in other hospitals and health centers.
  • MPU: Medical Procedures Unit. This unit cares for patients who undergo endoscopic and procedural interventions in the fields of digestive and pulmonary disease. It is located on the second level of University Hospital.
  • MSSU: Medical Short Stay Unit. Founded in 2015, the MSSU provides care to patients that require a brief hospital stay, typically expected to last less than 48 hours. There are two locations, one on B1 of Taubman Center and one on the fourth floor of UH South.
  • CICU: Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. An area that cares for critically-ill cardiac patients. It is located on the seventh floor of University Hospital.
  • NICU: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or Newborn Intensive Care Unit. Babies who are born prematurely or who need specialized care are treated in the NICU, located on level 8 of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
  • PICU: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Faculty and staff in the 30-bed Mott PICU provide advanced care for infants, children and young adults with life-threatening conditions. It is located on the 10th floor.
  • PCTU: Pediatric Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit. Cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and nurses in this 30-bed unit, located on the 10th floor at Mott, are specially trained to handle patients who are approaching or already in cardiorespiratory arrest.
  • PACU: Post-Anesthesia Care Unit. Where most patients are taken following a surgical procedure that includes anesthesia. Anesthesiologists and other experts monitor patient conditions near all Michigan Medicine operating rooms to ensure they are making a safe recovery.
  • SICU: Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Faculty and staff in this unit care for post-operative patients who are critically ill or at high risk. This includes individuals recovering from kidney and liver transplants and patients with cancer. The 20-bed unit is located on the 5th floor of University Hospital.

General inpatient units at UH do not have acronyms, though they include a number (corresponding to the floor it is on) and a letter (A, B, C or D). For instance, patients may have their beds on 4B, 6C, etc.

At C&W, general inpatient units also have a number (corresponding to the floor) and either an E or W (depending on the direction of the building it is on). That means patients may be cared for on 7W, 9E, etc.

That’s a lot of letters — but now “u” are in the know!

Are there other acronyms you’ve always wondered about? Let us know and they could be featured in the next LOL!

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