Intensive Care Unit
The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is a specialized area of the hospital designed for patients who need maximum medical attention and constant observation and care by nursing staff.
In the Intensive Care Unit at Hannibal Regional Hospital, nurses strive to help our patients in every aspect of care during their stay while maintaining open communication with family members. It is important that family members participate in the care of loved one’s. Patients need adequate rest periods between treatments, procedures, tests and activities.
ICU patients may be attached to many lines, tubes and machines. Procedures and monitoring are performed 24 hours a day, so there is no “day or night” for the patients, therefore patients may feel a temporary loss of control. The combination of their illness, loss of control, and being in the hospital can be frightening and exhausting for patients.
The loss of sleep and the effects of medication may sometimes cause patients to become confused or disoriented. ICU patients need to get as much undisturbed sleep as possible to regain strength and return to an optimal level of health.