Critical care unit in Idaho Falls, Idaho
When a medical situation leads to a stay in the intensive care unit (ICU) for you or your loved one, it causes concern. You want assurance that you have access to lifesaving support from medical specialists, advanced technology and the latest procedures.
Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC) is designated as a Level I Intensive Care Unit (ICU). This designation means we are able to provide the highest level of intensive care for all cardiology, neurology and trauma patients. Our experienced critical care doctors (intensivists) provide round-the-clock care for people with many types of life-threatening illnesses and injuries.
Complete critical care
While your condition may require advanced critical care, our treatment plan has an interdisciplinary approach. This means we may involve resources beyond medical treatment. When admitted to our ICU, you'll have access to medical consultants, social services, spiritual support and experts in various disciplines.
We have specialized critical care for a range of needs and ages, including:
- Burn ICU — Burn injuries may need a multispecialty approach for recovery. Ongoing care may involve hyperbaric chamber time, plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery and rehab. We work to help your loved ones return to their routine as much as possible.
- Level III Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) — This specially trained team cares for and monitors sick newborns and infants born prematurely. Our NICU cares for newborns as young as 23 weeks gestation, 24/7.
- Pediatric intensive care (PICU) — Our pediatric critical care team treats children from newborns to 17 years old.
Reasons you may need an ICU
There are many different reasons one may need to be admitted to the ICU. Some situations that may cause ICU admission include:
- Car accidents
- Cerebrovascular accidents (strokes)
- Diabetes complications
- Heart attacks
- Respiratory illnesses
- Surgical procedures
ICU visiting hours
While your loved one is in our ICU, we know you are worried. Rest assured, their care is our number one priority.
For our visitors:
- You are welcome between the hours of 10:00am and 7:00pm.
- We may restrict the length of visits within regular visiting hours or suspend them altogether for our patients’ safety and comfort.
- We allow one designated visitor to stay with the patient during their hospital stay.
- Children under 18 years old are not allowed, except under particular circumstances involving end-of-life.
Visitors with a fever, cough, shortness of breath, awaiting a COVID-19 test result or who have had recent exposure to a COVID-19 positive person are not allowed entry.
Life support choices
Life support replaces or supports a failing body function. In treatable or curable illnesses, we offer life support as a temporary measure until the body can resume normal functions. But in situations where a cure is not possible, life support may prolong a terminal condition.
We want to explain various life support terminology and measures the intensivist-led team may need to address with you. One option is the decision to forego life support, a profoundly personal decision. It is essential to talk to your physician regarding the risk and benefits of each option. All life support measures are optional treatments.
We have included information below that may help you in making your decision. Life support terminology includes:
- Do-not-resuscitate order (DNR) — Written by your physician, a DNR order instructs health care providers not to attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation in case of cardiac or respiratory arrest. Under these circumstances, our critical care team will not administer CPR to a patient with a valid DNR order.
- Do-not-intubate (DNI) — A DNI order is written by your physician instructing health care providers not to attempt to place an endotracheal tube in your airway in the event of acute or impending respiratory failure.
- Palliative care — Palliative care is a type of comfort care focusing on the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of the patient. A type of comfort care, it treats illness symptoms when a cure is not possible.
- Hospice care — Another form of comfort care, hospice does not focus on a cure. It is a holistic approach that respects and takes a patient's wishes, values, beliefs and culture into account at the end of life.
Commonly used life support measures
There are a variety of measures to choose from for life support. Our specialists choose measures based on the patient's illness and ability to bear the treatment, including:
- Artificial nutrition and hydration (tube feeding)
- Intravenous (IV) feeding
- Mechanical ventilation