People with life-threatening injuries, illnesses, or who require continuous observation after a surgical procedure may be placed in Critical Care. Our Critical Care Unit provides intensive resuscitation, treatment and monitoring to some of our most seriously ill patients.
Lakeridge Health has state-of-the-art Critical Care Units at our Bowmanville and Oshawa sites. Our specially trained doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists work as a team to provide the best possible care.
We believe in a holistic approach to care, treating the body as well as the mind and spirit.
Care in the Critical Care Unit is provided by a multidisciplinary Critical Care Team, which is composed of specially trained doctors, nurses, and other professionals. Each professional brings his or her particular expertise to the team, collaborating on a plan of care and treatment for each patient, based upon his or her individual needs and conditions.
The Critical Care Team provides support for families of critically ill patients. Our care team is available to you, including counselling and chaplain services. We have a private consultation room for meeting with doctors, clergy and other care team members. And we also have a large, comfortable waiting room equipped with a kitchen and washrooms for families to use.
We know that being in the Critical Care Unit, or having a relative in the Critical Care Unit, can be a frightening and sometimes overwhelming emotional experience. You want to know what is happening and what to expect. As an important part of our care, we try to make ourselves as accessible to you as possible, listen to your concerns and answer your questions. We consider you a team partner and will communicate with you on your relative’s condition, changes and ongoing plans.
During this very stressful time, family and significant others are important to the patient’s well-being. To help us maintain the high level of care for your family member and for confidentiality reasons, we ask that you do not visit during shift changes from 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Rest is an important aspect of the healing process. As the patient’s condition changes, the best visiting times may change. The patient’s nurse will plan with you the best times to visit.
The Critical Care family waiting room is available to provide a comfortable waiting area for families. There are many reasons why you may have to wait in the Family Lounge to visit your family member, including: