Intensive care unit in Port St. Lucie
If a loved one is in need of intensive care, you can feel confident knowing they are in capable, experienced hands in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at St. Lucie Medical Center. Our ICU is an 18-bed unit offering around-the-clock monitoring to all patients in our care.
To learn more about the type of care provided in our ICU, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (772) 742-9060.
Specialized, intensive care
The ICU is where patients are sent to receive intensive, highly monitored care. We use specialized medical equipment, including life support machines and cardiac monitors. Some patients may be on medications to keep pain levels to a minimum or on hemodialysis, a treatment that filters water and other wastes from the blood.
Our ICU is staffed with a range of physicians and highly trained healthcare professionals, including:
- Registered nurses
- Respiratory therapists
- Physical therapists
The registered nurses in the ICU have completed additional training and education in working with critical care patients.
Family-friendly intensive care
As part of our commitment to providing family-friendly intensive care, we encourage family members to participate in ICU rounds, which occur daily at 9:30am This is an opportunity for families to hear about their loved one's care plan directly from the doctors and care team.
We ask that each family choose a healthcare proxy to act as the spokesperson between the medical staff and other family members. This is helpful in maintaining clear and focused communication. The chosen healthcare proxy is given a privacy code that enables them to call the ICU at any time to receive a status update on a loved one's condition.
If a loved one's condition should change, the healthcare proxy will receive a call from our ICU staff. This practice allows us to maintain Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPAA) protections for the privacy of our patients. Both patients and healthcare proxies can access patient information, such as lab results and imaging exams, through the MyHealthOne patient portal following discharge.
Visiting a loved one in the ICU
The ICU at St. Lucie Medical Center is family-friendly, meaning we practice open visitation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We encourage family members to visit but ask that the number of visitors at the bedside is limited to two people at a time.
We do allow children to visit in the ICU, but we ask that parents remain mindful of the patient's needs regarding quiet time and rest. We also encourage parents to consider the intense nature of the ICU environment before deciding to bring children into the unit.
We ask that all visitors coming to the ICU follow certain sanitation protocols, including hand sanitizer use before entering a patient room and mask usage for visitors with cold or flu symptoms. It is important to take necessary precautions to protect our patients from additional illnesses or infections.