Are there set visiting hours in the ICU/CCU?
Although there are no set visiting hours on either of these units, we ask that you limit the number of visitors to two people at a time in consideration of other patients.
What is the difference between the ICU and the CCU?
The CCU is designated as the Coronary Care Unit. However, if you learn that your loved one is stationed on this unit, it does not necessary mean that he/she has developed a coronary complication. Both units are specially equipped to treat critical patients and nurses, and other clinical staff float between both units to provide a seamless transition of care.
Can I bring in balloons or plants for a patient on either of these units?
Due to the changing and often time-sensitive medical needs of the patients on these units, we respectfully ask that balloons and live plants not be brought in until your loved one can be transferred to a step-down unit. In order to preserve the environment of care on the ICU/CCU, we keep these units free of items that may interfere with safety and infection control measures.
What resources are available to family members with a loved one in the ICU/CCU?
There's a designated grief counselor available for loved ones of patients on these units to talk with during what often times can be a difficult situation. Bi-lingual representatives from pastoral care can also be called upon to offer spiritual guidance. The hospital also offers a compassionate and experienced ethics committee to help guide families, based on patient wishes, in the trying decision making process.