The intensive care team at Santiam Hospital consists of registered nurses, physician specialists, respiratory and physical therapists, patient care technicians, pharmacists, dieticians, and monitor technicians. These dedicated professionals provide compassionate, comprehensive care for your loved one.
At Santiam Hospital, we make every attempt to actively include a patient's family in creating a healing environment, so please don't hesitate to ask about his or her condition or treatment. We also welcome your comments and concerns.
The health and wellbeing of our patients is our primary concern, and we know that your visit may be the best medicine. However, too many visitors can unintentionally tire those in our care. For this reason, we restrict visitors to two at a time. This includes family, significant others and friends. Please note that visiting may be restricted due to patient care events.
While you are visiting in the ICU, we encourage that you remain calm and supportive to the patient. Make eye contact and provide encouragement. Remember that, although the patient may not show it, he/ she hears more than you might think. After checking with the staff, don't be afraid to touch the patient. You will be surrounded by monitoring lights and machines. If you are unsure or have questions about any equipment, please ask the nurse for help.
Please be aware that the medical equipment used in the ICU has alarm settings to alert the healthcare staff to possible changes in a patient's condition. The alarms are very sensitive to the patient's movements and coughing, and may not reflect any real problem.
Because of the surgery, medication, the surroundings, and frequent monitoring by nurses, some patients may experience mild disorientation or confusion while in the ICU. We work hard to decrease or manage this situation, including dimming the lights at night and minimizing nighttime stimulation for the patient. If you have any questions or concerns about patient confusion, please talk to your nurse or doctor.