St. John’s Intensive Care Unit
Jackson Hole Intensive Care
The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is designed to meet the needs of people experiencing
life-threatening medical problems. The unit has advanced equipment, nurses
trained in providing critical care to all ages, and a controlled environment
to provide decisive, essential care. The assurance of safe, quality care
is fundamental to St. John’s mission, and we continually monitor
the care received by our patients.
- The ICU is designed to meet the needs of:
- Trauma victims (e.g. motor vehicle accidents)
- People experiencing life-threatening medical problems (e.g. heart attacks
- Post-operative patients experiencing problems
Special procedures that require critical care monitoring may also take
place in the ICU. Each patient has a private room with glass doors, allowing
the nursing staff to observe each critical patient closely. Every patient
is placed on a heart monitor, which allows the nurse to closely observe
the patient’s heart rate and rhythm both in the room and at the
Calling the ICU
Telephone calls to the ICU should be limited to immediate family members.
Please designate one member of the family to phone the ICU to inquire
about the patient’s condition, and have that person convey this
information to all concerned. Patient condition reports will not be given
to friends; please discourage friends from calling and inquiring about
the patient. Telephone calls remove the ICU nurse from his/her chief responsibility
-- the care of the patient.
Visitation to the ICU at any one time is limited to two immediate family
members who are over 12 years of age. Please check with the nurse at the
nurse’s desk before entering a patient room, as procedures may be
occurring, the patient may be asleep, or the patient may have requested
“No Visitors” at that time. Exceptions to this rule are at
the discretion of the nurse on duty. The ICU nurse’s primary concern
is the patient, and he/she will make all decisions with this in mind.
Silk flowers and mylar balloons are permitted in the ICU, but we do not
permit fresh, dried or live plants, flowers and latex balloons. Latex
balloons are a potential source for allergies and are not allowed anywhere
in the hospital. Real flowers are a potential source of allergens, dirt
and insects, all of which may be harmful to a seriously ill patient. Please
inform family and friends of this when possible. ICU patients receiving
real flowers/plants will be allowed to see the item, then a family member
will be asked to take them home.