The intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital provides continuous monitoring and advanced care for patients with critical illnesses or serious conditions. Before you visit a loved one in the ICU, call the hospital to learn about special visiting hours for that area of the hospital. Ask about any other ICU visiting policies. For example, many hospitals limit the number of visitors a patient can have at one time. Young children may be discouraged from visiting a patient in the ICU.
You can comfort your loved one by bringing small, personal items to lift his or her spirits. Be sure to check the hospital’s policies regarding which types of items are allowed in the ICU. For example, you may not be allowed to bring flowers. Usually, you’ll be able to bring a picture or a stuffed animal. You can help your loved one feel a little more comfortable by arranging the blanket and pillow as needed, assisting with feeding and drinking, and distracting your loved one by discussing subjects of interest.
If you have any questions about visiting a loved one in the ICU of Memorial Hospital of Tampa, call (813) 873-6400. Our community hospital’s 12-bed ICU provides comprehensive care with state-of-the-art monitoring equipment.