A hospitalization is often unplanned. Rest assured that should a higher level of medical care be needed while at Columbus Regional Hospital, our highly trained medical team with our Critical Care Unit delivers the very best intensive care.When it comes to critical care medicine our Critical Care Unit has better clinical outcomes including shorter length of stay when compared to other critical care units across the country, as evidenced by the national APACHE database that evaluates clinical performance.
A doctor may place a patient in the Critical Care Unit for specialized care and close observation based on the patient's medical need. Dr. David Wilson, board certified intensivist, is the unit's medical director and works closely with other physicians specializing in critical care medicine. The team also includes experienced critical care nurses, respiratory therapists, unit-based pharmacists, dietitians, pastoral care, social work services, physical and occupational therapists, and others to meet the critical care needs of patients.
We recognize the need for visitors to spend time with their loved ones in the Critical Care Unit. We ask that family members be in the patient room by 8:30 a.m. Monday - Friday to be a part of the Critical Care Team rounding for an update on the patient's condition and treatment plans. We ask that only two people visit a patient at one time. While there are no set visiting hours, the nurse caring for the patient will set guidelines for rest periods to meet the needs of the patient.
Our Critical Care team has developed an evidence-based program for severe sepsis, an illness caused by severe infection, to reduce the risk and best manage the disease - this work is recognized nationally by the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Preventing ventilator associated pneumonia is a key focus for healthcare improvement - and our efforts at Columbus Regional Hospital to have no patients acquire ventilator associated pneumonia has been shared with hospitals across the country