THE NEW CENTER FOR INTENSIVE CARE AT MCLEOD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
The McLeod Center for Intensive Care has opened on the campus of McLeod Regional Medical Center. A state-of-the-art safety net for the region, the center is designed to meet the critical care and trauma needs of the communities served by McLeod. Critically ill and injured patients require a level of care that extends beyond treatment found in other areas of a hospital. They need constant, close monitoring and support from a dedicated team of medical experts who provide lifesaving care at the highest level. Specialized equipment and advanced monitoring systems are also essential in helping to return these patients to normal function. “There have been many changes in healthcare over the last few decades,” said Marie Segars, Senior Vice President and Administrator of McLeod Regional Medical Center. “Years ago, patients remained in the hospital for longer periods of time. The treatment process was slower and patients were not discharged until their illness was resolved. Many illnesses that required hospitalization are now treated on an outpatient basis. We are successfully caring for patients today who might not have survived years ago.” In recent years, the demand to provide critical care to patients in the region has increased dramatically. “Patients at outlying hospitals who were critically ill, in need of heart surgery or who had experienced a trauma, were unable to be transferred to us for medical care because we had reached capacity,” continued Segars. “They needed the level of care available here at McLeod and wanted us to care for them. It became a challenge to find ways to admit the additional patients especially when time is of the essence.” The McLeod Center for Intensive Care addresses the critical care needs of these patients. The new center is designed to provide an atmosphere of warmth, comfort, and security for patients as they continue through the healing process. For critically ill patients, the healing process includes a gradual awareness of their surroundings. The exterior glass will allow patients to re-orient themselves to day and night, reducing their confusion as their physical condition improves. An additional factor in the design of the center involved patient safety. Every patient room is open to the nursing unit with a glass wall allowing the nurses to have constant view of their patients. For a family, having a loved one as a patient in an intensive care unit can create anxiety and fear. There are often many questions about what the future holds. The McLeod Center for Intensive Care provides the family with direct access to their loved one, helping to alleviate their concerns. Hallways are built on the outside of the patient rooms to allow private access and a location for caregivers to rest while remaining close to the patient. The technology readily available complements the higher level of care. A self-contained boom system is installed in the ceiling of each patient room. This system is the center of energy– it carries the electricity, oxygen, and equipment needed to care for the patient eliminating the need to move a patient to another side of the room to access equipment. The McLeod Center for Intensive Care is an example of the McLeod commitment to the core values of Caring, the Person, Quality and Integrity. “We are continuously finding ways to meet the needs of the communities we serve, elevate the level of medical care for the patient, and involve the family every step of the way,” added Segars. Medical services provided in the Center for Intensive Care include: • Trauma Surgical Care Unit (TSCU) for patients recovering from a serious accident or complicated surgery • Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) and a medical step-down unit for patients who are suffering an acute illness, such as pneumonia, liver, kidney or lung diseases • Coronary Care Unit (CCU), a specially equipped unit to treat patients with serious heart conditions • Hemodialysis, a treatment for people who have chronic kidney disease and acute renal failure • Telemetry, the team of technically trained individuals responsible for monitoring the heart activity of patients throughout the hospital About McLeod Trauma Services A leader in trauma care, McLeod Regional Medical Center is a Level II designated Trauma Center. This level of care is provided by physicians who are highly trained in caring for trauma patients including neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, trauma surgeons, pediatric intensivists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons. McLeod Regional Medical Center offers all the resources possible to care for trauma and critically ill patients through its network of hospitals, Heart Reach, Child Reach and Air Reach.