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Intensive Care provides seriously or critically ill patients with intensive monitoring. Life or organ support provisions may also be necessary. Our professional staffs in the Intensive Care Unit are specialists in providing the complete, constant, and individualized care our critically ill patients need.

Having a loved one in the Intensive Care Unit is a stressful time for any family. We know you are concerned. You may not know what to expect. Emotions you may be experiencing are worry, anxiety, and fear. Here at EASTAR Health System, we understand your anxiety and concerns; therefore, we want to provide moral support in addition to delivering high quality healthcare. Please contact any of our highly competent nursing staff or physicians with questions you may have.

Visitor Information

The ICU is a special place, so EASTAR Health System has established visiting hours for the benefit of patients and to facilitate the administration of quality care. We recognize that family support is an important factor in a patient’s care and recovery. We’ll work with you to arrange visiting times that best meet your needs and the needs of the patient. Our primary objective is to maintain an environment that promotes quick recovery. These policies and procedures are in place to help you and your family work with our doctors, nurses, and staff to get the most from your hospital stay. Please take a few minutes to review these guidelines with your loved ones.

  • Visitors in the Intensive Care Unit – Immediate family members only
  • Visitors will be limited to two visitors at one time.
  • No children under age 12 permitted

The Unit is closed during the hours of 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. We appreciate your cooperation in arranging your visits during the open hours and ask that you do not call the Unit during the closed times.

ICU Waiting Room

The ICU Waiting Room is located near the Unit for your use. Because space is limited, we ask that only two family members stay in the Waiting Room.  Family and friends are welcome to use the Emergency Services Waiting Room, located down the hallway from the ICU. In order to help us maintain a quiet and relaxed atmosphere, we request that children under age 14 use the Emergency Services Waiting Room. This room has a television and is close to vending machines and restrooms.

Please do not bring food into the ICU Waiting Room.

We will do our best to put you at ease by keeping you informed of changes and developments as they happen. Please understand that a patient’s medical information is confidential. Communication will be improved if one family member is chosen to ask questions of the doctors and nurses. The family spokesperson can then share the information that he or she receives with other family members and friends. Friends and family may call you in the waiting room at 684-2330, or if they are calling from another phone in the hospital, just by dialing 2330.

Patient rooms in ICU are not equipped with telephones. To speak with the nurse responsible for the care of a patient, dial the extension that corresponds to the appropriate room number:

Rooms 2301 – 2308   Ext.1024

Rooms 2311 – 2318   Ext.1038

Rooms 2321 – 2328   Ext.1042

Intensive Care Terminology

We realize that the equipment used and procedures performed in the Intensive Care Unit are often unfamiliar and at times can be confusing or even frightening. To help you understand more about our equipment and procedures, the following is a glossary of terms commonly used in ICU:

Arterial (ART) Line

An IV placed in an artery used to measure and obtain blood samples.

Cardiac Monitor (EKG)

Displays a continuous reading of the heart’s electrical activity.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Artificial breathing and manual compressions of the heart – always done when a patient’s heart stops unless there is a physician’s order for “No Code Blue” or “Med Code Only”.

Endotracheal Tube (ET)

A tube placed in the lungs through the mouth or nose to help the patient breathe.

Intravenous Line (IV)

A small tube place in a vein, used to give medications or fluids.

Ventilator (Respirator)

A machine that assists the patient with breathing and is used in conjunction with an ET tube.

Vital Signs

Include temperature, blood pressure (B/P), heart rate, and breathing rate.

Questions?

If you have any questions, the following people are available to help you:

Director of Critical Care, Ext. 2331

Team Leader, Ext. 1072

Patient Representative, Ext. 2470

Social Services, Ext. 2511