Our Critical Care Department at Marin General Hospital is truly critical to the health of Marin. Comprised of an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Step-Down Unit, the department uses a multidisciplinary approach to provide the highest level of care to our patients and their families. Ours is the largest ICU in Marin, and patients come to us from all over the county.
The ICU provides specialized care for patients recovering from open-heart surgery, trauma/neurosurgical patients, and patients experiencing multi-organ system failure. All ICU patients require intensive monitoring around the clock. Registered nurses from our Critical Care department support other departments of the hospital by responding to Code Blue and Rapid Response Team (RRT) calls. The ICU team is also a part of “Full Trauma” activation.
As a patient’s condition stabilizes, they transition from the ICU to our Step-Down Unit, which provides specialized care to ventilated, neurosurgical, trauma, and other medically complicated patients.
Because of the critical state of our patients, and the complex nature of the care we give, we have to set regulations and guidelines for visitors to the ICU.
We have a superb and exceptionally collaborative multidisciplinary team:
Intensivists are ICU doctors. They have the overall responsibility for your loved one's medical care. They oversee all medical care and diagnostic tests, and decide what treatment options are the best. They are board-certified in internal medicine, pediatrics, anesthesiology, or surgery, and have completed an additional fellowship and certification in critical care medicine.
Registered nurses provide most of the hands-on, daily care. They evaluate patients several times a day and continuously monitor their care and equipment. There will be several shift changes over the course of each 24-hour period, so you will probably meet several of the nurses in charge of your loved one’s care.
Respiratory therapists help with patients who have difficulty breathing. This may include administering vapor medications and/or delivery of extra oxygen through nasal prongs, a face mask, or ventilator.
Physical therapists help patients improve their strength and flexibility after an accident or illness.
Dietitians give advice about nutrition and special diet/eating concerns.
Social workers and case managers help with financial matters, insurance, community resources, and planning for going home.
Chaplains are available for spiritual and emotional support for families and patients. We have nondenominational chaplains available, as well as priests, ministers, and rabbis.
Technicians, support staff, and volunteers monitor medical equipment, draw blood, move patients, and serve meals.