The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is a place for patients who are seriously ill and require close, constant observation. The unit provides a secure environment designed to help patients recover as quickly as possible during a critical period of illness.
Caring for the Patient
A critical care nurse is assigned to each patient and is responsible for directing the patient’s immediate care and constantly monitors the patient’s needs. Care will also be provided by Intensivists, board-certified physicians who are certified in Critical Care Medicine, and House Physicians who are available for immediate response to each patient’s needs. Both will consult with the patient’s attending physician, nurses and other team members on a regular basis.
When Questions Arise…Just Ask
The patient’s nurse manages all of the care and is able to refer to other members of the healthcare team when necessary. The physician is updated daily and will be happy to explain anything regarding the patient’s medical condition. The ICU is a highly technical environment that is fully equipped to monitor and treat patients. The equipment assists the healthcare team in providing the best possible treatment for each patient. The more patients and family members understand about various procedures and equipment, the greater the comfort level is for everyone. So, when questions arise… just ask.
For the Comfort and Safety of Your Loved One
- Flowers and plants are not permitted in the ICU
- A limited number of personal items should be kept in the patient’s room. These can include slippers, robe, dentures and glasses.
- Visitors must check with the patient’s nurse before bringing food, beverages or candy for the patients. This is extremely important as the diet of each patient is carefully monitored.
- There are no telephones in the patient rooms of the ICU. However, family members of patients may call the nursing station, at 216.529.7142, any time of the day or night to check on a patient’s present condition. We request that only one member of the family is designated to call the patient’s nurse for updates to limit the amount of time the nurse spends away from the patient.
- Only immediate family members are permitted to visit patients
- Only two visitors at a time are permitted in the patient’s room
- Visitors under the age of 14 are not permitted to visit the ICU
- To limit the risk of infection, visitors are asked to refrain from sitting on the patient’s bed
- An intercom is located near the doors that lead to the ICU. To ensure patient privacy, we ask that no one enter the unit before receiving permission via the intercom, even if the doors are open.
For more information, please call Lakewood Hospital Intensive Care Unit at 216.529.7142