AVERAGE WAIT

Wait times are an average and provided for informational purposes only. What does this mean?

Intensive Care

The intensive care units (ICUs), also known as critical care units (CCUs), at all four hospitals in the LewisGale Regional Health System deliver close monitoring and advanced care to seriously ill or injured patients. The ICU’s low nurse-to-patient ratio means we provide the careful, constant attention needed by patients in these units.

Expert Critical Care

LewisGale intensive care teams include:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Nutritionists and dietitians
  • Physical therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Social workers
  • Clergy/pastoral care

At LewisGale, intensive care goes beyond typical inpatient support in two ways:

  • Concentrated care – ICU doctors and nurses are specially trained to care for individuals with the most serious illnesses or injuries. Our patients and families experience compassionate, attentive and expert care around the clock.
  • Advanced technology – We’re committed to using the most advanced equipment, techniques and procedures to help our patients. For example, bedside equipment allows both invasive and noninvasive cardiopulmonary monitoring. And our dedicated onsite caregivers use a remote monitoring system to add an increased level of attention and responsiveness.
    For patients this often results in shorter hospital stays and better outcomes.

Intensive Care Services

Our services include a Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) and Coronary Intensive Care Unit (CCU). Conditions requiring intensive care include:

  • Recovery from certain surgeries
  • Brain injuries such as bleeding, trauma, tumors, coma or stroke
  • Heart conditions such as very high or very low blood pressure, abnormal heartbeat or heart attack
  • Lung conditions such as acute asthma attack, severe pneumonia or pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung)
  • Kidney disease such as acute and chronic kidney failure
  • Severe sepsis and end stage renal disease (ESRD) - respiratory distress requiring ventilator support

Visiting Patients in the ICU

We understand how important the support of family is to a patient’s recovery, and we encourage families to visit. Learn more about our critical care visitor guidelines.