Cedarcrest Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is a department in the hospital where seriously ill patients are cared for by specially trained staff. The ICU staff includes doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, clinical nurse specialists, pharmacists, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dietitians, social workers, and chaplains.
Why we admit Patients to the ICU?
Intensive Care Unit
Patients are admitted to the ICU for a variety of reasons. Some patients need close monitoring immediately after a major surgical operation or susaining a serious head injury. Others may have problems with their lungs that require ventilator support with breathing. Patients may have heart and blood vessel problems (for example, very low or very high blood pressure, a heart attack, or an unstable heart rhythm) needing observation. Patients in the ICU may have an imbalance in the level of chemicals, salts, or minerals in their bloodstream that require close monitoring as these levels are corrected. Also, patients may have a serious infection in their bodies that require specialized ICU care
Each patient and family situation is unique , this is why visiting hours in the ICU are set to meet the needs of the patient. We will make every effort to be flexible around visits, however the nurse may ask you to wait in the waiting room, when your loved one is receiving care. We may ask that only one or two people visit at a time. .The ICU is open to visitors 24 hours a day, and patients are allowed 2 visitors each who may come and go from the unit. Access to patients is determined by the nursing unit manager.