Intensive Care Unit
Intensive Care Unit at MedStar Montgomery
The Samuel Riggs IV Critical Care Unit at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center consists of 12 beds. The team of professionals caring for your loved ones includes physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, pulmonologists and social workers all specially trained in critical care.
- 24-hour open visitation
- Visitors are not permitted to sleep in the room with the patient
- Limit two visitors at a time
- Visitation is restricted during shift change
In an effort to support a healing environment, we ask that you limit visitors to two at a time. Visiting hours are open except between the hours of 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Quiet time takes place on the unit between the hours of 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. This is a time when the lights will be dim to promote a healing environment. When visiting, please use the red phone on the wall outside of the main entrance of the ICU to notify the staff of your request to enter the nursing unit. In the event of an emergency within the ICU, all visitors will be asked to step out of the unit and wait in the ICU waiting room adjacent to the unit.
Flowers, Gifts and Personal Items
Many visitors like to bring or send flowers and gifts. Cards and balloons are welcome; however, flowers and fruit baskets are not allowed in the ICU. Before bringing in any food from home, please check with the nursing staff.
In order to support the Maryland Hospital Association initiative, all patients admitted to the ICU will be tested for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, also known as MRSA. MRSA is a bacteria that can cause serious infections. If your loved one tests positive for MRSA, he or she will be isolated from other patients while being treated. While your loved one is isolated, you will need to wear special protective clothing provided by the hospital while you visit.
You will notice that there is a white board located in each patient room. This board is used to identify the care providers each day. The names of the nurses and doctors caring for your loved one, the day and date, and any other information will be communicated on this board. Team discussions regarding your loved one’s care will occur every weekday morning at 10 a.m. Families are more than welcome to participate. Upon your loved one’s admission to the ICU, the nursing staff will ask you to designate a family member or caregiver as the patient spokesperson.
To prevent infection, all staff will be expected to wash their hands before and after caring for patients. All visitors are encouraged to wash their hands before entering and when leaving a patient room. To support this, there is hand sanitizer in every patient room.