Intensive Care/Critical Care Unit

Published On 07/01/2013

While your loved one is in ICU, we’re taking extra special care of them—with the highest number of nurses focused on our patients’ every need. You bring familiarity and comfort to your loved one while they are the most vulnerable. You can also help us protect our patients’ privacy, health and need for rest.

Children in the ICU

Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult and check in at the nursing station before entering a patient room. Please limit kids’ time so they don’t get restless, and make sure they’re not sick, so they don’t unknowingly pass along illnesses.

Things to Bring

Steer away from food, drinks and flowers/plants. Even the smell can be nauseating to sick patients. Instead, consider bringing:

  • Mylar Balloons (no latex due to allergies)
  • Cards
  • Photo albums
  • Audio recording of well wishes

Protecting Against Infection

Because patients are very sick while they’re in ICU, they can easily catch other illnesses brought in by people or items from outside. Help us prevent infection.

  • Stay at home if you feel like you’re coming down with something or have recently been exposed to flu, colds, shingles, measles, chickenpox, tuberculosis, respiratory illness, fever, diarrhea or skin conditions.
  • Wash your hands when you enter and exit the room.
  • If your loved one is in isolation, where protective gowns and gloves.

Getting Updates on Your Loved One's Condition

You’ll get updates during daily discussions with critical care team members. If an acute change of event occurs, you may speak with the doctor more often. The bedside nurse can provide daily updates and clarification.

Each critical care unit has scheduled rounds with intensivists, specialists and other health care providers. If you are a partner in care, try to be present during rounds to ask questions. Ask a nurse when they take place, and make a list of your questions for rounds.