Intensive Care Unit
When You Come to the Hospital
Visitation by the immediate family is encouraged to support the patient during his or her stay in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). We believe involvement of the family at all stages of care is at the heart of the healing process.
This will allow rest periods that are beneficial to the patient's recovery. No incoming phone calls to the hospital number and no visitors are allowed to leave the unit from 7-7:30 AM or 7-7:30 PM. During these times the staff are discussing extensive confidential information regarding each patient. Visitors may be asked to leave the ICU at any time so staff may provide specific patient care. This can include medical procedures and/or patient emergencies.
Only two people at a time may visit an ICU patient due to room size, patient care equipment and on going patient care needs. One family member will be allowed to stay with the patient overnight if it will benefit the patient at the determination of the managing nurse. Persons who are ill are asked not to visit the hospital. They can call the ICU and talk to the patient on the ICU phone if the patient is available. Children under the age of 12 are not allowed to visit any patients in the ICU due to their reduced immunities and common childhood illnesses.
In the interest of a specific patient, the managing nurse may make an exception to this policy/guideline, depending on the patient's condition. This change would be subject to change and modification by the attending physican caring for the patient.