If your loved one is a patient in the Neuro Medical Unit at Intermountain Medical Center, they will receive excellent care from our team of compassionate experts: neurohospitalists (physicians specially trained in treating patients with neurological conditions), nurse practitioners, and nurses who specialize in treating neurologic patients.
Who Do We Treat?
We treat patients with a variety of neurological conditions, including:
- Acute stroke
- Brain tumors
- Cerebral bleeds
- Brain aneurysms
- Seizures (We conduct long-term seizure monitoring on our unit.)
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Myasthenia gravis
- Back and neck surgery patients who have been treated by a neurosurgeon
Length of Stay and Follow-up Care
You can expect your loved one to spend about 2-3 days on our unit, although it varies depending on the diagnosis.
What to Expect
Our goal is help improve your loved one's condition and prepare them for the most appropriate discharge option for their ability: a return to their home, a rehab center (including the 12th floor at Intermountain Medical Center), or a skilled nursing facility.
During their stay, a nurse will come into the room for frequent assessments, although not as often as when they were in the Neuro Critical Care unit. The nurse will help your loved one understand their condition and prepare him or her to return to the normal activities of daily living.
Physical, occupational, and speech therapists may also work with your loved one. They will assess their condition and recommend therapies to improve the healing process.
You and your loved one will also have access to a social worker and a case manager. They will help with your emotional needs and the preparation for when your loved one is able to leave our unit.
Family’s Role in Their Loved One’s Care
We encourage family members to actively participate during your loved one’s stay on the unit. We have open visiting hours, so you can visit your loved one at all hours. A good time to be updated their status and to ask questions is during the daily bedside reporting, which takes place twice daily during shift changes. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to let your nurse know.
Patient and Family Resources
Our social worker can put you in touch with local support groups, including one for stroke survivors and one for head injury patients. They also have access to other community resources to help you and your loved one after they leave the hospital. Stroke patients and family members will receive a special DVD that contains a lot of helpful information about coping with stroke.