Depending on the nature of the injuries, your loved one will be admitted to one of several nursing units at Capital Health:
The Intensive Care Unit, located on the first floor, is where trauma patients who are critically ill or need close monitoring are placed. The ICU is a 14-bed unit staffed full-time with registered nurses, clinical care techs, and respiratory therapists.
Visiting hours are flexible at the time of admission based on the needs of the patient. In order to be able to provide continuous care to your loved one, we ask that patients only have two visitors at bedside. No children under age 13 are permitted in the ICU. Flowers and balloons are not permitted in the Critical Care area. You are encouraged to talk to you family member even if it appears that they are sleeping or cannot hear you. Family pictures, cards, and a Walkman with tapes/CD's of your family member's favorite music are encouraged.
For routine status reports, we ask that the designated spokesperson call at the following times:
9:00 a.m. - noon
8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Surgical Trauma Unit
The Surgical Trauma Unit (STU) is a 29-bed surgical/trauma unit located on the first floor. Four of the beds are an intermediate care area with extended monitoring capabilities. Many patients will be admitted to this floor directly after injury or operation. Patients who initially require the ICU will be transferred to this floor after they no longer require respirators or other ICU therapy. This floor has extensive monitoring capability and is staffed by a full complement of registered nurses, clinical care techs, and other professionals as listed elsewhere in this guide. A team effort to care is emphasized.
Visiting hours on STU are as follows:
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
In order to facilitate the care of your loved one, we ask that visitors be restricted to two persons at one time.