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Howard County General Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is a highly specialized 16-bed unit dedicated to the needs of adult patients requiring intensive monitoring and patient care services involving cardiac, medical and surgical care.
The ICU is staffed 24 hours a day by highly qualified physicians who are board-certified in internal, pulmonary, and critical care medicine and are members of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. An interdisciplinary team of specialized nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, dieticians, and other technical staff works in collaboration with the physicians. The physician conducts daily patient care rounds with this team to develop an individualized plan of care for each patient. Continued care is coordinated by social workers and case managers.
The patient and family centered ICU encourages families and friends to visit and support their loved ones. Communication is enhanced through routinely scheduled meetings for patients and families with the physicians and clinical care team.
The ICU features state-of-the-art medical equipment, including a computerized monitoring system and a computerized medication administration record with barcode scanning to ensure patient safety. Other safety systems include computerized barcode scanning for laboratory testing, ECG monitoring, and other diagnostic testing.
Every bed in the ICU is clearly visible from the nursing station. To improve patient morale and well-being, the unit has an open and bright appearance and the private patient rooms feature large exterior windows overlooking the surrounding neighborhood.