Saint Francis Healthcare ICU
Intensive Care in Wilmington, DE
Intensive care is for patients with critical medical conditions that can
change quickly. Ordinarily, patients staying in the hospital only meet
with nurses and doctors once or twice per day, or upon request. The intensive
care staff, however, is always observing patients and making sure their
recovery is proceeding without unexpected difficulties.
Your Intensive Care Team
ICU physicians are known as “intensivists.” These physicians
are specially trained to care for critically ill patients and used to
working long hours and responding to emergencies. Every day at 9:30 a.m.,
intensivists, along with the rest of the ICU team, hold an interdisciplinary
rounding. During this meeting, the team discusses the status of every
ICU patient one-by-one and formulates a plan of care.
The full ICU team includes:
- Registered nurses
- Care managers
- Social workers
- Registered dieticians
- Pastoral care specialists
- Respiratory therapists
- Clinical documentation specialists
- Infection prevention practitioners
Intensivists frequently update your primary care physician about your condition
as well as any other hospital staff that play a role in your care. Once
you are discharged, your regular physician should already be up to date
on your condition.
What to Expect in the ICU
The ICU is a busy part of the hospital. Doctors and nurses make regular
rounds to check on patients, and some of the machinery patients may be
hooked up to can be loud. It is important for patients to rest while staying
in the ICU, and if you or a loved one are having a difficult time resting
because of the activity, let a member of our team know—there are
several ways we can help.
You can have a designated support person in the ICU. This can be anyone
of your choosing and does not have to be a relative. Visiting is restricted
in the ICU so that patients can get the rest they need. Most patients
will only be visited by their support person, but exceptions can be made.
Please do not have more than two visitors at a time.
- Children under the age of 14 are not allowed in the ICU
- The staff frequently perform vital sign checks and assessments of each patient
- Nurses make their rounds at least once every hour
- You can call the CARE line (2273) if you are having any difficulties during
- Both the intensivist and doctor that admitted you to the hospital will
take charge of your care in the ICU
Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality of care at all times.
If you ever have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to speak
with a member of our staff. We always want to know how we can make your
stay more comfortable.