Intensive care unit in Savannah, Georgia

No one ever expects to end up in the intensive care unit (ICU). However, if you or a loved one is critically ill or injured, you can feel confident knowing they are in capable, experienced hands in the ICUs at Memorial Health. Our patients receive around-the-clock monitoring and family-centered care.

To learn more about our ICU, please call (912) 350-8000.

Specialized ICUs

In addition to our primary medical ICU, we also have several specialized ICUs, including:

  • Cardiac and vascular ICU (CVICU)
  • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
  • Neuroscience ICU (NSICU)
  • Pediatric ICU (PICU)
  • Trauma ICU (TICU)

The professionals in all of our ICUs provide individualized treatment for every patient. Our doctors and nurses are trained to provide care at a moment's notice to ensure our patients experience the best possible outcomes.

In the ICU, we use specialized equipment, including advanced heart monitors, ventilators for breathing assistance, feeding tubes and catheters. Additionally, patients may receive medications to manage their pain or hemodialysis treatment to filter water and other waste products from their blood.

High-quality neonatal care

Our children's hospital is home to a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), also called a neonatal intensive care nursery. This means that our neonatal doctors are highly trained to care for premature and critically ill infants.

Parents planning their labor and delivery at Memorial Health can feel confident in the care available for their infant immediately after birth.

Pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)

Our children's hospital is also home to a dedicated PICU. The PICU staff cares for children who are critically ill or injured and in need of intensive, 24-hour monitoring. The children's hospital is right next door to our main hospital. This means your child has access to a full range of pediatric specialists, so they can receive the unique care they need to heal.

Multidisciplinary critical care team

The team of healthcare professionals in our ICUs provide care in a range of specialties. Our team includes:

  • Chaplains
  • Dietitians
  • Doctors
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical therapists
  • Physician assistants
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Social workers

Family assistance

When a patient is admitted to the ICU, we ask that either the patient or a trusted family member identify one to two representatives. These representatives become the patient's support person(s) to receive medical information and updates on the patient's condition.

Each support person will be issued a personal identification number (PIN) to ensure patient privacy and protect their information. When calling for information about the patient's condition, we will ask for the PIN to ensure the caller is approved to receive the information.

We ask that the support person communicates updates to family and friends. At times, they may be asked to make decisions and act on behalf of a patient.

ICU rules and visitor information

We ask that all visitors coming to the ICU follow certain sanitation protocols, including hand washing or using hand sanitizer before entering a patient room. We also ask that visitors with cold or flu symptoms wear a mask. It is important to take these precautions to protect our patients from additional illnesses or infections.

No more than two visitors are allowed at a patient's bedside at one time.

Our ICU has several rules and protocols in place to protect our patients and facilitate their ability to heal. This includes designated ICU quiet times, which are used to encourage rest and quiet for all patients in the ICU. Quiet times occur daily from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 10:00 pm to midnight.

Additionally, our ICU has specific patient assessment times. During these times, we ask all visitors to exit the room except the patient's support person. Other visitors are able to go to the waiting area. Patient assessment times occur daily from 6:30 am to 8:00 am and 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

To conduct patient assessments, our team will visit and assess a patient's current condition, perform a safety check, create the necessary plan of care and verify all doctors and medications for the shift. This time is important so that every member of the care team is informed about the patient's care.

Please note that live plants, cut flowers, fruit baskets and outside food are not permitted. Personal items are allowed but we suggest limiting the number of items brought into the unit. Cards and non-latex balloons are welcomed and encouraged for our ICU patients.