Welcome to Critical Care
We are honored to be trusted with caring for your loved one. Our staff
is committed to providing excellent care and service while helping patients
and families through this very difficult time. This online guide is designed
to answer some of your most common questions. We encourage you to ask
questions and please share any information you feel may help us give your
loved one the best possible care.
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The Critical Care Unit (CCU), also sometimes called the Intensive Care
Unit (ICU), is a unit in the Hospital where seriously ill patients are
cared for by specially trained staff. These patients often require close
observation and monitoring, life support and other specialized equipment
that cannot be provided in other units of the Hospital. The CCU staff
is large and diverse and includes doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists,
pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists, speech therapists,
dietitians, social workers, case managers and chaplains. Intensivists
are doctors who specialize in the care of CCU patients.
Washington Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit accepted its first patient
in June 1963. The unit, made possible through a $10,000 donation from
the Washington Hospital Service League, was the first such unit west of
the Mississippi River that was not associated with a teaching facility.
In October 1972, the ICU, renamed the Sangalli Center, expanded to include
cardiac care. Our aging population and advances in technology brought
about the need for critical care specialists to care for the sickest patients
in the Hospital.
In July 2008, Washington Hospital’s ICU became one of the first in
the area to be covered 24/7 by ICU specialists called intensivists. This
new intensivist model led to a drastic improvement and efficiency in the
care of critically ill patients and by 2015 intensivists were involved
in the care of every patient admitted to the ICU. With a generous donation
from Morris Hyman, the late founder of Fremont Bank, the new Morris Hyman
Critical Care Pavilion was built and opened in the fall of 2018. The Pavilion
contains a large and brand new state-of-the-art Critical Care and Emergency
Department which will allow us to provide the highest quality of critical
care possible to our patients.
This is a healing environment. Aggressive behavior toward staff or patients
will not be tolerated.
Visitors should include immediate family members (parents, siblings, children)
only. Exceptions can be made. Please speak to your nurse about this.
No children under age 12 or pets without authorized permission.
We request that visitors be limited to two at one time for patients in
the Critical Care. You are advised to stay inside the patient’s
room during your visit.
Sometimes, the patient’s condition or medical activities require
you to leave the room. Our staff will let you know when you can return
to the bedside.
Visitors may be asked by Critical Care staff to leave for short periods
during nurses’ report (7 to 7:30 a.m. and 7 to 7:30 p.m.), certain
procedures, and emergencies.
Undisturbed rest is important to healing, so please respect planned rest
periods and designated ‘quiet times.’
Do not visit if you have a contagious illness such as a cold or the flu.
Please choose one person as a family representative who can assist the
staff in updating the rest of the family on the patient’s progress.
No outside food or medications can be brought to the patient without authorized
Balloons (latex free), cards and pictures are welcome. No plants or flowers
In order to reduce the transmission of infections, please use appropriate
hygiene precautions such as handwashing and hand sanitizer before and
after leaving the room. If there is an isolation sign on the room, please
follow nurses’ instructions about wearing gowns, gloves and masks
before entering the room and remove before leaving.