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Intensive Care Unit

UCSF's Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is a community of skilled, innovative, collaborative and caring critical care clinicians. As a tertiary referral center, the ICU takes care of complex critically ill and injured patients. We have an active nursing leadership group and clinical nurse specialist who provide mentorship and coaching to new and experienced staff. We have an incredibly diverse staff that reflects the many cultures of or patient population. Our supportive team environment is the essential key to our success in providing excellent care to our patients and their families.

The ICU team cares for critically ill patients with complex medical disorders as well as post-operative general surgical, solid organ transplant and orthopedic patients. Nurses in this unit develop expertise in caring for patients with acute kidney injury, end-stage and acute liver failure, severe sepsis and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, and those with liver, pancreas or small bowel transplantation.

The critical care team includes nurses, physicians, respiratory care practitioners, a social worker, a nutritionist, and a pharmacist all with expertise in meeting the needs of critically ill patients and their families. The nursing staff is active in improving the care of critically ill patients through innovative projects and clinical research.

Getting Here

Intensive Care Unit
505 Parnassus Ave., 9th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0210
Phone: (415) 353-1621
Fax: (415) 353-1951

Access Your Health Information Online

This clinic uses UCSF MyChart, an online patient service. Message your provider, request medication refills, view some test results and more.

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Research and Clinical Trials

Mount Zion ICU

The UCSF Mount Zion Intensive Care Unit (ICU) provides critical care to oncology patients that have undergone surgical interventions. This seven-bed ICU is located at the Mount Zion campus, a short distance from UCSF's Parnassus medical center. The Comprehensive Cancer Center is also part of the Mount Zion facility.

Patient Care

Critically ill patients in the ICU are recovering from extensive cancer operations and require hemodynamic, pulmonary, and post-anesthesia management. The surgeries typically involve solid tumors of the oropharynx, head, and neck; breasts; liver and kidneys; colorectal areas; gynecologic and genito-urinary organs; as well as bone and soft tissue. Often plastic surgery is involved and chemotherapy is occasionally administered.

Our patients' needs are co-managed by the primary surgical team, a critical care attending doctor and nurses. We focus on a continuum that first stabilizes the physiological condition, then mobilizes the patient in an effort to re-establish independence.

We highly value family involvement throughout the continuum of care in the ICU. Both supporting the family and enabling the family to give support is crucial to our cancer patients and is integrated into all aspects of care from each member of the team.

Parking

Parking at Parnassus

Public parking for an hourly fee at UCSF Medical Center is available in the seven-level Millberry Union Garage at 500 Parnassus Ave. There are two garage entrances — one on the north side of Parnassus Avenue and another on Irving Street, just east of Third Avenue.

Another garage with an hourly fee, at 350 Parnassus Ave., is open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Metered street parking is rarely available.

Patients being admitted to the hospital may be dropped off at the circular driveway leading to the main entrance at 505 Parnassus Ave. This area also may be used to pick up patients who are being discharged.

For more information about parking at Parnassus, call Campus Parking Services at 476-2566.

Valet Parking Service

Valet parking service is available at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) at 400 Parnassus Ave. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The valet service is free but patients must pay regular parking fees. For more information about the valet service, call (415) 476-6200.

A UCSF "greeter" also is available at the ACC from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist patients find their way.

Public Transportation

Parnassus

UCSF Medical Center is accessible via Muni streetcar line N-Judah*, which stops at Second Avenue and Irving Street, and the following Muni bus lines, which stop in front of the hospital:

  • 43-Masonic*
  • 6-Parnassus

For more information about Muni visit, www.sfmuni.com.

* Wheelchair accessible bus routes