B7 Surgical Intensive Care in the Surgical Unit at Hartford Hospital

The Surgical-Trauma Intensive Care Unit (SICU) is a 12-bed surgical teaching unit that utilizes a multidisciplinary health care team approach to 24-hour care.

The patient population is served by a multitude of medical specialties including cardiothoracic, vascular, trauma, transplant as well as general surgery. As a statewide referral for Centers of Excellence and a Level 1 trauma center, the SICU serves those patients with the most complex multi-system issues that characteristically vary from the “typical” critical path scenario.

The SICU provides state-of-the-art technology for the adult critically ill including hemodynamic monitoring (both invasive and advanced non-invasive techniques), continuous renal replacement therapy (CVVH-D), titration of vasoactive drugs as well as many other critical care therapies.

The SICU has also implemented advanced strategies for serving the families of the critically ill. Offering a family voice mail system, family presence on interdisciplinary rounds and regularly scheduled family meetings, supports family assurance and information needs.

Nursing growth and development are high priorities in the SICU. Many educational offerings both within the hospital and outside the hospital are offered and supported. The SICU is on the cutting edge in bringing evidenced-based medicine to the bedside. Development of a behavioral pain scale and involvement in a national benchmarking program for achieving unsurpassed clinical outcomes are just two examples of the outstanding quality of care provided by the nurses in the SICU. A strong preceptor/mentorship program and tri-annual validations support all competencies expected of the SICU nurses.


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  • Surgical Care

    Bliss 7 Step-down is a 3 bed surgical unit, utilizing an interdisciplinary Health Care Team to direct and provide 24-hour care.

  • Vascular & Thoratic

    Our dynamic, empowered nursing team provides care 24-bed Vascular-Thoracic in-patient unit at Hartford Hospital.

  • Surgical Intensive Care

    The Surgical-Trauma Intensive Care Unit (SICU) is a 12-bed surgical teaching unit that utilizes a multidisciplinary health care team approach to 24-hour care.

  • B7 Surgical Unit

    Hartford Hospital and the General Surgery Cluster are dedicated to the care of the surgical population. We have a commitment to provide the very best care possible to patients who are in need of surgery.

Surgical Unit in the Hartford Hospital Bliss Wing