Protecting the Vulnerable: COVID-19 Cold Unit

Author(s): Pishnery Meghan C

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP C 1.00

Expires Dec 31, 2025

Topics: Collaboration, COVID-19

Population: Adult

Role: Staff, Manager

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

The COVID-19 pandemic presented an unprecedented challenge to protect the immunocompromised transplant patient population. One of three surgical intensive care units was designated as a Cold unit, only accepting patients with a negative COVID test. Interprofessional protocols were established to ensure the efficacy of the Cold unit. This presentation reviews how nursing implemented these strategies, managed throughput logistics and ensured patient safety while maintaining a neutral budget.


  • Define the challenges that were faced in putting into developing a new COVID Cold transplant ICU.
  • Identify key components that were used to facilitate the implementation of the new COVID Cold unit and how we are maintaining the success.
  • Describe efforts to develop a unit-in-a-unit identity in the critical care environment.

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