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What to Expect

Patients are admitted to the ICU because they require close observation and specialized care. Some patients and families know in advance that they will come to the ICU and, at other times, the admission is unexpected. Immediately upon arrival, it is most important for the staff to work together to stabilize the patient. We appreciate that waiting is extremely difficult and are committed to meeting with you at the earliest possible opportunity.

The ICU has a variety of equipment including monitors, ventilators, and dialysis machines. This equipment can be noisy and alarms may go off. The alarms are safety measures and do not necessarily mean the patient is in danger. We understand that this may be frightening for some family members. Please be assured that there is a nurse available at all times to respond.