|The four-bed Critical Care Unit is available to provide a high level of nursing care for patients who require continuous, comprehensive observation and detailed intensive care in a caring atmosphere. This self-sufficient unit contains state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and full cardiac monitoring capabilities. All nurses assigned to the unit are intermediate-level trained and managed by highly skilled nurses with experience and training for a higher level of care.
The decision to admit or transfer a patient to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is generally made by medical staff in consultation with nursing staff to permit closer observation.
The nursing staff aims to provide patients with the highest quality of care which is centered around all needs: physical, psychological, social and spiritual. Patient and/or family participation is strongly encouraged in decision-making regarding treatment and all aspects of health care.
To ensure optimum care for all patients in the unit, we request patient/family cooperation. Things the family may do to help are:
- Appoint a family spokesperson. It would be greatly appreciated if calls could be limited, and only one person be the family spokesperson as a link between the ICU staff and the family.
- You can help make your family more comfortable. A tape of favorite music, cards, or photographs may be comforting. Just being with your family member is important, and he or she may need rest most of all.
- Remind your loved one what day it is and why they are here, since it is not uncommon for ICU patients to seem confused, forgetful, excited, or angry. This maybe due to the illness itself, unfamiliar surroundings, or medications.
- Be prepared to see a lot of wires, tubes and equipment. Monitors have alarms to alert the nurse when something needs to be checked. Alarms are not always a cause for concern.
An open policy for visiting hours is in place except during the hours of 6:30 a. m. - 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. This helps us protect the confidentiality of all patients in the unit during shift report and allows time for initial nursing assessments to be performed. The number of visitors and length of visit may be limited if the patient’s condition calls for more rest, diagnostic procedures are being done, and/or to allow for patient care. After 10:00 p.m., visitation is limited to one designated family member or significant other that may stay with the patient, providing patient condition allows. Children under 12 years old are only allowed to visit with the approval of the nursing staff. Children that are allowed in the ICU are to be under direct adult supervision at all times and will be asked to leave if disruptive. We also request that any friends or family who are ill not visit patients. A lounge area is available nearby for periods between visits. If special considerations are necessary, please inform the nurse on duty.
- We, as caregivers, recognize the importance of emotional and family bonds and subsequent concerns and interest.
- If at any time assistance is needed, please ask. Our nursing staff is committed to professional and technical excellence.