ECRMC ICU in Imperial Valley
Intensive Care from El Centro Regional Medical Center
Patients who are critically injured or ill will be treated in El Centro
Regional Medical Center's Intensive Care Unit (ICU). This department
is located on the second floor and consists of 12 patient rooms—five
of which are outfitted as isolation rooms for patients who may be suffering
from diseases that are highly contagious. The unit is also staffed 24
hours a day, seven days a week by experienced physicians and nurses dedicated
to providing vigilant and attentive care to ICU patients and their loved ones.
The ECRMC ICU is closed to visitors twice a day for shift changes.
Closed: 7:00 am - 8:30 am and 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Additionally, there is an ICU waiting area just outside the ICU entrance
for families and friends of patients. This area is open 24 hours a day
and allows visitors to receive updates on the condition of the patient
they are visiting.
Visitor Guidelines & Tips
El Centro Regional Medical Center enforces several restrictions to meet
ICU best practices and protect the health and well-being of the patients.
The staff can review these rules with you on your first visit to see a
patient, or you can call the facility ahead of time for clarification.
These guidelines include:
- Only two visitors are allowed into the ICU, per patient, at a time.
- Visitors must be at least 16 years old.
- Visits are limited to 10 minutes.
- Outside food or drink for the patient is prohibited.
- Visitors with signs of infectious diseases are prohibited.
- Visitors will be asked to leave a phone number for when the hospital needs
to contact you.
Other tips for visitors to keep in mind include:
- It's recommended and encouraged that families use a notepad to record
questions and concerns they may have about their loved one's care.
It's also best to appoint a family spokesperson to avoid confusion
and ensure clear communication with doctors and staff.
- Communicating with patients in ICU can be difficult as many of them are
not able to speak. Remember to ask them to use signals when they can (like
thumbs up or down), ask simple yes or no questions, or present a hospital-provided
whiteboard for them to write on. Above all, remember to stay positive
and calm when speaking ICU patients.
- Communication with patients is encouraged, even when it may seem like the
patient cannot hear you. Speaking to them, reading to them, and even playing
music can be beneficial to patients.
- The ICU is a busy place and noise is often unavoidable. Because of this,
many patients have trouble sleeping and can experience confusion and disorientation
(sometimes known as "ICU psychosis"). This is why clear, positive
communication with patients is so important. As treatment progresses,
medication can decrease and sleep should improve, which will help the
patient become more aware and cognizant.
- There may be times when the staff asks visitors to step out of the room.
This is to respect the patient's privacy and administer care and ECRMC
asks that visitors comply.
- Loved ones who have family members in the ICU are also encouraged to take
care of themselves and be mindful of their own health. It is critical
that patients have a strong and healthy support system around them. Social
workers and chaplains are available to assist patient families and support
them through this critical time.
If you have more questions about visiting a loved one. Call 760.339.7100 today.