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6 Things to Expect When Your Loved One is in Critical Care

It’s difficult to imagine a loved one being ill or injured enough to require critical care. But being prepared for what to expect can help you manage the situation.
Here are 6 important things to know:

  1. You have an experienced team on your side. The hospital staff that’s caring for your loved one is highly trained and prepared to treat the sickest – and most medically complex – patients. From the physicians and nurses to the respiratory therapists and dietitians – they all are specially trained to care for your loved one.
  2. The tubes and equipment in a critical care unit can be intimidating. But, they all have a role and purpose in providing your loved one with the intensive healthcare that he or she needs. The healthcare team will be able to explain the role of any equipment to help you better understand what it happening.
  3. Information overload can – and most likely will – occur. Everything will be new to you from the equipment and noises to the procedures and health professionals. Take a deep breath. Once you get your bearings, think of how you can best keep track of information. Write in a notebook. Keep notes on your phone. Jot down items like key information, questions you want to ask, purpose of treatments, and names of hospital personnel.
  4. Expect peaks and valleys. Critical care can be a bumpy ride. Some days will be better than others. As much as possible, try to be patient and keep perspective.
  5. Talk to your loved one. Communicating with your loved one is important for not only him or her, but for your entire family. Often patients can hear while in critical care. Speak calmly and clearly, and make short, positive statements. Hold your loved ones hand or touch them gently if a member of the healthcare team says it’s OK.
  6. Take care of yourself. It may be a long road to your loved one’s recovery, so be sure to take time to do things like sleep, eat, and shower. Don’t be afraid to leave the room for a bit. The healthcare team will be there 24/7 to provide care.
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Going Blue for ICU

At Southwest Idaho Acute Care Hospital, our physicians and staff are “Going Blue for ICU.”

We thank the devoted professionals, who make a significant difference in the lives of patients and their families, through their compassion and dedication to the care of the critically ill and injured.

In Recognition of National Critical Care Awareness Month, join us and “Go Blue.”

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Choose a Nationally Recognized Hospital – It Matters!

Southwest Idaho Advanced Care Hospital is among 700 hospitals – or 15% – recognized nationwide for our respiratory care services by the American Association for Respiratory Care.

Meet the pulmonologists:
Our physicians who specialize in lung conditions and diseases, who help guide our medical team:

Dr. Ravi Kumar
Dr. Kumar strives to provide excellence in his care – one patient at a time. Dr. Kumar has been actively involved in caring for patients with pulmonary, critical care, and sleeping disorders for more than 25 years. He is triple board-certified in pulmonary, critical care, and internal medicine.

Dr. David Frankl
Dr. Frankl has a profound interest in achieving the best results for patients and their families. He has been a member of the medical profession for more than 25 years and is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both pulmonary and critical care medicine. Dr. Frankl is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians through the American Thoracic Society.

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