Critical Care Unit

We give the highest standard of care.
We give respect, dignity, privacy and confidentiality to all of our patients.
We are a support for families and significant others in times of need.
We are the Critical Care Unit.


Overview

A patient who is very sick and needs continuous observation and intensive medical care is admitted to the critical care unit.  The specially trained staff and CCU team deliver the care to these patients.  As part of a team of:  intensivists, doctors, nurses, ward clerks, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, social workers, case managers, dieticians, occupational and physical therapists, and chaplains.

Admission

Upon admission, your loved one will be connected to a bedside cardiac monitor.  This machine can help us by measuring blood pressure, oxygen saturation, and heart rhythms.  It can also alert us to anything unusual.  A patient who is not strong enough to breath on his/or her own will be connected to a ventilator (breathing machine).  Patients int he CCU will have an IV.  IVs are used to provide hydration, medication, and correct electrolyte imbalances.  The patient may also have a small tube inserted into the bladder.  This helps us measure the urine every hour to assess how the kidneys are working. 

The process of admission involves many questions regarding the patient's history.  This includes prior medical problems, medications the patient may take at home, allergies and any other important information that will assist with patient care.

Protect the ones you care about

Patients in the critical care unit are very vulnerable to infections and they may harbor infections that may be detrimental to others you care about who have compromised immune systems.  Here are some things you can do to decrease spread of infections to all those you love:

  • Wash hands when entering and leaving the room.  This is the greatest way to reduce the spread of infection.
  • Follow the specific guidelines if your loved one is on special precautions for infection.
  • Do not sit on patient beds or touch tubes and equipment
  • Do not bring flowers or plants into the CCU.  Flowers and plants may harbor dangerous bacteria or viruses.
  • Do not eat in the patient's room.  Food is a great medium for bacterial and viral growth.
  • Do not use cell phones or lap top computers in patient's room as they can interfere with critical equipment.
  • Do not plug anything into the electrical outlets.  Battery power only please. 
  • We strongly suggest you do not bring infants or anyone who is ill or might be ill.  These people are very susceptible to infection and they may expose their illness to the patient.

Communication

The white board in the patient's room is provided to allow open communication and keep the patient and his or her family up-to-date on the plan for the day and hospital stay.  You may write any questions or concerns you have on the board and the nurse will follow-up with you. 

Visiting Hours for Critical Care

8:30 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.
No visiting during the hours of:  6:30 A.M. - 8:30 A.M. & 6:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

Age Requirements

All persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  For Isolation rooms, no one under the age of 12 is allowed to visit due to size requirements for the personal protective equipment.

Patient care is our primary concern and we believe families can provide much needed comfort and assistance to their loved one.  However, you may be asked to step out of the room during admission, baths, toileting, or testing when the nurse deems that this is necessary.