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Intensive Care Unit

Intensive Care Unit

Mission Statement:  To provide the best possible care through constant, close observation of patients with acute critical/serious conditions, to immediately recognize potentially life-threatening complications, and to promptly institute indicated treatments.

At Union General Hospital, the ICU is a 24-hour, closed unit.  To gain access, the intercom system to the right of the entrance must be used, and will be answered as soon as possible, depending on patient care being performed.  Please be patient.
  
The ICU is a multipurpose medical-surgical intensive care and cardiac care unit with 5 beds, which are all monitored.  Patients assigned to ICU range from pediatric to geriatric.  ICU patients are generally high acuity requiring maximum nursing care and observation.  All patients in ICU will have continuous cardiac monitoring during the length of their stay.  Each shift has a specially certified (ACLS) RN.  An LPN may also work in ICU under the supervision of the RN.

Visiting Hours:  Due to the critical nature of patients in ICU, visit times are restricted as listed below.  Additionally, no child under the age of 12 is allowed in ICU. Only two visitors at a time are admitted into ICU; however, visitors may change out with others during visiting times.  There are no sleeping arrangement in ICU, however, one person may stay in the waiting area after 9:00 pm, after receiving an after-hours pass from the security office located on the first floor at the main entrance.  

Visiting hours for the Intensive Care Unit are:

6:00 - 6.30 am 2.00- 2.30 pm
8:30 - 9.00 am 4.30- 5.00 pm
10:30 - 11.00 am 6.00- 6.30 pm
12:00 noon - 1.00 pm 8.30- 9.00 pm

Family Waiting Area:   A waiting area is provided near the entrance to ICU, located directly at the elevator entry/exit area.  Because of limited space in the waiting area and the number of family members that use the area, please limit the number of family members present at any given time.

Meals, Food, Flowers, and Personal Belongings:   The hospital cafeteria is located on the first floor of the hospital and guests may chose to dine there. Their hours of operation are 7-7:30 am, 8-915 am, 11-11:30 am, 12-1:00 pm, and 5-6:00 pm.  Vending machines are located on the first and third floors. Patients in ICU cannot be brought food, unless special circumstances are cleared with the RN in ICU.  No live plants or fresh flowers are allowed in ICU due to harmful bacteria they could contain or grow over time; however, cards and notes are welcome.

Please contact us for questions or concerns regarding our Intensive Care Unit.

Our Locations:

Union General Hospital
35 Hospital Rd
Blairsville, GA 30512
706-745-2111

Charge Nurse:  Glenda Anderson, R.N.