Critical Care

Intensive Care Unit

The intensive care unit (ICU) at Brandywine Hospital provides continuous monitoring and treatment of critically ill patients. Because patients in the ICU require specialized care, visitors should understand that their visit might be interrupted or cut short based on the needs of the patient and our doctors.

Critical care is a critical part of our mission at Brandywine Hospital. Our intensive care unit (ICU) serves critically ill, unstable or critically injured patients, treating them with specialized care and attention by our well-trained staff of critical care specialists.

We also value the benefits that having family and friends present during times of crisis can bring, and believe that loved ones are essential members of our ICU team. Even so, during this very stressful time, visitors should understand that their visit might be interrupted or cut short based on the needs of the patient and our doctors. Take our apologies to heart and importantly, use this time to take care of yourself—proper rest and nutrition are just as important for you as for your loved one in our care.

Our ICU is open for visitors from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. ; 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ; 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Special visiting arrangements will be considered on an individual basis. Please speak with the RN.

Before entering the intensive care unit, Please use the intercom system outside of the Unit to notify us of your arrival. Each patient may only have two visitors at a time. No visitors under the age of 14 are permitted in the unit.

Please designate one family member as a spokesperson. With fewer calls to answer, we can spend more time doing what's most important: taking care of your loved one.

Please understand that there may be times when you will be asked to leave the unit so we can provide care, or when the nurse feels the patient needs rest.

Please note: The staff will request the spokesperson to provide a password. Information will only be provided over the phone once both the spokesperson and password are verified.

Our Services

At Brandywine Hospital, our Intensive Care Unit provides premium patient care for adults with acute, life-threatening disease or injury. We have a modern 15-bed intensive care unit designed to meet the needs of every patient. From medical to surgical, our critical care nurses partner with our physicians, surgeons and other members of the healthcare team 24 hours a day to ensure quality care for each individual patient. Our areas of service include:

  • Pharmacological therapies
  • Ventilator therapies
  • Advanced computerized monitoring
  • Cardiac, pulmonary, renal, multi-organ system failure
  • Sepsis
  • Acute respiratory failure
  • Advanced cardiothoracic and neurosurgical programs

Our Team

Our ICU team consists of:

  • Critical Care Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Surgeons
  • Nurse Practioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Social Worker
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • IV Therapist

The nurses and physicians encourage you to ask questions regarding the care, treatment and progress of your family member.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I talk to my loved one while he/she is in ICU?

We encourage talking with your loved one while he or she is in ICU. Speak normally, but remember that the patient may not be able to respond. Speak with the ICU nurses to find out the best way to communicate with your loved one.

Can I touch my loved one?

Touching can be comforting and reassuring. Please ask an ICU nurse if you're nervous about accidentally touching medical equipment. They can point you in the right direction.

How long should I visit?

We always encourage patients' families are to visit their loved ones. However, due to the critical nature of a patient's condition, we ask that you allow them time to get adequate rest. We also encourage you to get the rest you need to support your loved one. If you have any questions or concerns, please consult the ICU nurse on duty.

For more information, please call:
(610) 383-8000