There are many different members of the Critical Care team whom you will come in contact while in the Center for Cardiac and Critical Care.
Registered Nurses (RN)
One of the first people you’ll meet is the Critical Care Nurse. The Critical Care Nurse has been specially trained to care for trauma and other patients that are critically ill. They provide ongoing assessments and treatments which your loved one requires. The nurse is the primary caregiver and is with the patient 24-hours a day. Feel free to ask any questions you may have while you are visiting. If the nurse is with another patient, please ask another staff member and they will assist you.
There are frequently many physicians and specialists involved in the care of your loved one. While in the Center for Cardiac & Critical Care, patient care will be directed by the Intensivist, a doctor who specializes in critical care medicine. An Intensivist-led multidisciplinary team coordinates the plan of care. Multidisciplinary rounds (physicians, nurses, respiratory, case management, dietary and specialists) are made daily on all patients in the Center for Cardiac & Critical Care. Feel free to request to speak with them. Physicians usually make rounds early in the morning and early evening. If you wish to speak to them, please let the nurse know and he/she will try to coordinate a time for you to meet.
Intensivist Physicians have specialized training and experience in the care of patients needing critical care. Your loved ones regular family doctor may have referred you to one of our Intensivists to completely manage care, or if care is being provided by a surgeon or other specialist, the Intensivist may consult on certain aspects of the treatment plan. Throughout the Center for Cardiac & Critical Care stay, if your loved one’s condition improves and transfer to another area is planned, the Intensivist will work closely with other physicians to assure the continuity of your loved one’s care.
Physical and Occupational Therapists (PT & OT)
Physical and Occupational Therapists may evaluate components of movement, muscle strength and tone. These individuals work to restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities.
Respiratory Therapists (RRT)
Respiratory Therapists are concerned with helping patients breathe adequately as a means of preventing further complications and/or infections. If your loved one is on a ventilator, therapists are responsible for managing and maintaining the equipment.
Speech Therapists assist patients in their recovery of all aspects of communication skills and swallowing ability.
Registered Dietitians (RD)
Registered Dietitians may be involved in the care of your loved one. The patient’s nutritional needs are evaluated and reassessed as necessary while in the Hospital.
Pharmacists are professionals who work with the physicians and nurses to ensure that your loved one gets the full benefits of available medications. In addition to preparing medications, they monitor the therapy for effectiveness and ways to avoid side effects, allergies and possible interactions with drugs, food or lab tests.
Case Managers assist with communication with insurance companies and help ensure continuity of care, education and planning for movement to the next level of care.
Hospital Chaplains are available around the clock to provide pastoral care to you and your loved one. Chaplains can also assist with contacting specific denomination support as requested. Please tell the nurse if you would like to speak with a Chaplain or call 574-523-3142. The Hospital Chapel is located on the Third Floor, across from Elevator B.