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Patient care

Inside this area you will find all the useful information that aims to make your stay at Istituto Cardiocentro Ticino more comfortable.


With the synergy of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and cardioestestists, the Istituto Cardiocentro Ticino can offers less invasive surgical techniques and the most up-to-date intervention procedures.

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Intensive Care ward

Intensive Care ward

The Intensive Care ward (9 beds in total) is located at level -1 and is split into two operating units:

  • The unit that ensures constant monitoring of patients with strictly heart problems
  • The units specialising in the management of patients after cardiac surgery or with more complex heart problems

The Intensive Care team carries out its activity over three 8-hour shifts, ensuring continuous patient surveillance 24 hours a day.
The presence of a physician is always guaranteed and each nurse is responsible for one-to-three patients, depending on the assistance they need.

Patients are monitored with very sophisticated equipment, fitted with sound and visual alarms, indispensable for controlling the functioning of their vital organs, also from outside the room; the nursing staff, though not present in the room, will act accordingly.

How to recognise the personnel
Different professional figures are present in the ward, recognisable from the colour of their uniform and the ID badge they wear.

White coat: medical staff
Blue uniform: Intensive Care nurses and assistants
Green uniform: operating theatre personnel
White uniform: ward nurses, physiotherapists
Light blue uniform: cleaning staff

What is needed during a stay in Intensive Care
For the purposes of daily hygiene, and depending on the patients’ needs and habits, patients can bring the following items:

  • toiletries (razor, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, deodorizer, denture-holder)
  • glasses (if used)
  • slippers
  • hearing aid (if used)
  • dressing gown or shawl (if used)

The following personal belongings are allowed on the ward:

  • watch
  • small radio or audio player with headphones
  • photo frame

It is advisable not to bring any valuable items, for which the staff will take no responsibility.
The use of mobile phones is not allowed in the ward since they might interfere with medical equipment.
No flowers or plants are permitted in the ward

Information about the state of health of patients is given only to the persons specified by the patients themselves, or to close relatives.
The provision of such information will be limited on the phone to protect the patients’ privacy.

When patients need less intensive monitoring, they are transferred to the general ward, where they may still be connected to a monitor.
In case of transfer, you can turn directly to the 1st floor staff..

Visiting rules
Visits are allowed every day from 14:00 to 20:00 (with suspension between 15:30 and 16:00 for surgical checks), upon notification to the ward. Before entering, you have to ring the bell next to the main door and wait for the answer from the staff.
Unforeseen situations or tests (X-rays, medications, etc.) can lengthen waiting times; in this case, visitors are informed and invited to wait in the sitting room on the opposite side of the entrance door to the ward.
Two visitors are allowed to enter at a time and short-term visits are recommended, so as not to tire the patient who needs plenty of rest.
To introduce children into the ward, it is necessary to contact the nursing staff.
For more information please write to department heads here

Istituto Cardiocentro Ticino

Via Tesserete 48
CH-6900 Lugano

Contacts and information

Department head

Ms. Paola Rusca Grassellini
Tel. +41 (0)91 811 50 58


Prof. Dr. Tiziano Cassina
Head of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

Medical Direction