INTEGRIS Health Baptist Medical Center

Welcome to the Intensive Care Unit

For many, the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) can be an unfamiliar and intimidating environment. At INTEGRIS Health Baptist Medical Center, we want to provide the information you need to feel comfortable and informed during your time here.

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Comprehensive Care for Critical Conditions

Our ICU has 60 adult beds, 10 pediatric intensive care beds, and 40 neonatal intensive care beds. We provide specialized care for patients with a wide range of critical medical conditions. Our highly skilled medical staff closely monitors vital signs such as heart rate, oxygen saturation, and blood pressure from our nursing station. Each nurse may have up to three patients under their care during their shift.

Understanding Alarms and Monitoring

In the ICU, you may encounter various alarms and beeps due to our monitoring equipment. Some of these alarms are minor and indicate routine events, such as the completion of an IV infusion. You will become accustomed to these sounds. In the event of a critical alarm, our staff responds immediately to address the issue.

Visitor Information

  • For the privacy and well-being of our patients, visitors are requested to remain in their loved one’s ICU room or use the waiting room. Each patient is allowed up to two family members or friends at a time. We kindly request that children under the age of 12 avoid visiting the ICU.
  • Your nurse may request that you step out of the unit during certain procedures or tests or if the patient needs rest. Our primary concern is the well-being and recovery of your loved one, and rest is essential for the healing process.
  • We kindly ask that visitors prioritize the patient’s safety and health. Familiarize yourself with standard safety precautions, such as raising the bed rails when leaving the bedside. If you are ill with a contagious illness, please refrain from visiting.
  • While flowers and live plants are not permitted in the ICU, we encourage balloons and cards to brighten your loved one’s day. Please refrain from bringing food and drinks into the room, as the patient may not be able to consume them due to their condition.
  • For the comfort and well-being of all patients, please turn off your cell phones while in the unit. Take advantage of voicemail and leave the bedside to make or return calls. Our clinical staff uses specialized telephones that do not interfere with patient monitoring equipment.

Keeping Families Informed

Our goal is to keep you informed about your loved one’s condition and care. To facilitate this, we encourage families to establish a “Family Plan.” One or two family members can be designated to receive regular updates and relay information to others concerned about the patient. The family member designated for updates should also be the person who provides consent for treatment. To comply with federal privacy laws, a “password" will be established by your nurse for information release, whether in person or by phone. As we become familiar with you, we may not require the password for in-person inquiries.