We have established a number of guidelines to help ensure your stay here, as well as that of other patients and families, is as comfortable and healing-oriented as possible.
The bed space occupied by a patient may change from time to time due to patient and/or staff needs. Most of our patients require their own nurse, but occasionally some are well enough to share a nurse with another patient. Rooms typically have one, two or three patients. We have a limited number of private rooms and assign these based on many factors, including severity of condition, and therefore we are not able to accommodate private room requests.
Cell phones and wireless computers
All cell phones and wireless computers should be turned off while in the PCTU as they may interfere with some of our sophisticated patient monitoring devices. In the event that you may need access to a computer, your nurse can show you one that is available for family use in a conference room outside of the PCTU.
Patient care and safety
Because the PCTU is a medical and surgical intensive care unit, various invasive procedures routinely occur at the patient's bedside. Most of these procedures require sterility, and in some cases, may be urgent. In order to provide the highest quality and safest care for our patients, families will be asked to step out of the unit during procedures. Families of patients in adjacent beds will also be asked to step out of the room during these procedures.
Medical rounds typically occur between 7-8:30 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. daily during the week, and between 7:30-9 a.m. on weekends. During rounds, health care team members discuss the patient's medical status and determine a treatment plan for the day. Parents and immediate family members are welcome to ask questions after rounds are completed on all patients.
If family members are unavailable during rounds, members of the medical team will be available to answer questions and discuss the treatment plan throughout the day and evening.
Our medical team makes every effort to provide families with timely updates and daily treatment plans, however please be aware that sometimes rapid changes in a patient's clinical status may require us to alter the original plan.
Personal comfort items
We want you and your child to feel as comfortable as possible during your stay in the PCTU. We encourage you to bring in favorite stuffed animals, blankets, music boxes or pictures for your child (please label all items). For the safety of your child and other patients, please do not bring potted plants, flowers and latex balloons.
Parents and families are welcome in the PCTU 24 hours a day, except during the following times for nursing report and safety checks: 7-8 a.m., 3-4 p.m., 7-8 p.m. and 11 p.m.-12 a.m., daily. Please call the unit clerk at 734-764-0671 so that we may know to expect you. Visit our Patient & Visitor Guide for more information and directions.
To assure patient safety and confidentiality, visitors are limited to two people at a time. Siblings of any age are welcome, provided children ages 14 and under receive a health screen prior to visiting. This is to protect your child and other patients from exposure to infectious childhood illnesses.