Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
Sonoma West’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) cares for patients with severe and life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Our ICU is staffed by a team of highly-skilled, caring critical care physicians with expertise in treating seriously ill as well as post-operative general surgical, cardiac, stroke and orthopedic patients. Our specially-trained nurses provide 24-hour close, comprehensive monitoring to ensure the best possible outcome for our patients.
Patients are admitted to SWMC’s ICU for many different reasons. Patients who need close monitoring immediately after a major surgical operation or serious head injury are sent to the ICU. Patients who are having problems with their lungs and require ventilator support with breathing benefit from ICU services as well. Heart and blood vessel problems (very low or very high blood pressure, or following a heart attack, and patients with unstable heart rhythm) are situations where patients need to be monitored and they will be admitted to ICU. A patient in the ICU may be someone who exhibit an imbalance in the level of chemicals, salts, or minerals in their bloodstream and therefore require close monitoring while levels are corrected. A serious infection may require specialized ICU care also.
The ICU is designed to care for seriously ill patients. When a patient has improved and is moving towards recovery, he or she will be transferred to the next level of care that meets that patient’s individual medical needs.
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