Visiting the ICU

Intensive Care Unit

Visiting Hours

Family members and friends are welcome to visit between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Quiet hours are observed between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m., and we ask visitors to leave during this time to help patients rest and heal. At times, you will be asked to leave the patient room and ICU area temporarily so that staff may attend to the urgent needs of your loved one or other patients. You will also be asked to leave the unit during change of shift in order to maintain patient confidentiality. Thank you for your understanding.

Entryway to the ICU

For safety and security reasons, please do not go directly to the ICU doors. Use the telephone in the ICU family lounge to call for entry.

Maximum Number of Visitors

Only two visitors at a time are allowed in the ICU. Visitors are asked to coordinate their visit with each other by taking turns. Visitors are encouraged to also make use of the waiting spaces in the main lobby or the cafeteria on the first floor.

Important Safety Notes

  • For the safety of our patients and visitors, if a child is visiting the ICU, please discuss this with the patient’s primary nurse and charge nurse.
  • Food and beverages, as well as flowers and balloons, are not permitted in the ICU.
  • Cell phones should be placed on vibrate and calls should be taken outside of the ICU.
  • There are no overnight accommodations for family and visitors in the patient’s ICU room, and we strongly discourage visitors from staying overnight at the hospital. In special circumstances, an exception can be made with the approval of the nursing supervisor.

Help Prevent Infections

  • Visitors with cold or respiratory symptoms, fever, or other signs of infection may not visit.
  • Sanitize your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub (e.g., Purell) before entering and after leaving the patient’s room.
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