What is Intensive Care?
At Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, intensive care, also sometimes referred to as ICU or critical care, is a hospital unit that provides continuous 24/7 monitoring of patients who are critically ill with life-threatening injury or diseases. Recognized nationally for our award-winning critical care programs, Henrico Doctors’ Hospital is proud to be named a Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient for treatment of the following:
- Heart Failure
- Respiratory Failure
- Carotid Surgery
Specially trained staff members in the ICU include doctors (sometimes called intensivists), nurses, respiratory therapists, clinical nurse specialists, pharmacists, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dietitians, social workers and chaplains.
In the ICU, patients receive constant, personal attention and are often connected to a host of equipment. Some of the machines that can be involved in ICU patient care include advanced heart monitors, ventilators for breathing assistance, feeding tubes and catheters. Because of the high degree of intervention associated with these devices, infections can become more common.
Because patients who are in the ICU are critically ill, it is important for the patient and their loved ones to know that their wishes will be honored. Decisions regarding end-of-life care are difficult to make, and as such, we recommend that patients have an advanced directive on file with our hospital. This document allows patients to clearly articulate their medical wishes, should they be too sick to make choices on their own. An advanced directive also establishes a "healthcare proxy," or someone who is trusted to make decisions on behalf of the patient if they are unable to do so.
Location and visitors
Visiting hours for family members and guests are between 11:00am - 1:00pm and 4:00pm - 8:30pm.