Intensive care unit

HCA Houston Healthcare Medical Center has two ICUs in order to accommodate the needs for every patient. Our SICU is a 12-bed surgical intensive care unit, and our MICU is a 14-bed medical intensive care unit. Both of these units help our physicians and ICU nurses provide round-the-clock, specialized care to our most critical patients.

Surgical intensive care unit

General surgery and open heart surgery patients are managed postoperatively in the SICU. We commonly admit patients to the SICU who have undergone:

  • Thoracotomies
  • Craniotomies
  • Abdominal surgery
  • Gastroplasties
  • Stereotactic biopsies
  • Carotid endarterectomies
  • Aortic valve repairs
  • Advanced cardiac life support
  • Femoral-popliteal bypasses

Our surgical intensive care unit is staffed with advanced cardiovascular life support-trained critical care nurses.

Medical intensive care unit

The MICU accommodates patients with a range of different conditions. Our MICU has open visiting hours so families can have increased time and access to their loved ones.

Some of the common conditions patients may be admitted to our MICU for include:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Acute myocardial infarction
  • Pneumonia
  • Respiratory distress
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Anti-arrhythmic infusions
  • Transcutaneous pacing
  • Continuous venous hemofiltration
  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Advanced cardiac life support

ICU at HCA Houston Healthcare

The ICU, or intensive care unit, is the department of the hospital where critically ill patients are housed for treatment by a multidisciplinary medical team. Patients in the ICU may require specialized medical equipment and close monitoring by a nurse.

Learn about ICU