If your loved one is a patient in the Neurocritical Care Unit at Intermountain Medical Center, they will receive the best intensive care offered in Utah. We are one of only two dedicated neurological intensive care units in Utah. Our expertise and care is designed to help patients improve their quality of life if they’re suffering from problems of the brain, spinal cord, or nervous system.
Who Do We Treat?
We treat patients with a variety of neurological conditions, including:
- Acute stroke
- Brain tumors
- Cerebral bleeds
- Brain aneurysms
- Spinal cord injury
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Myasthenia gravis
- Traumatic brain injury
Length Of Stay And Follow-up Care
Our goal on the unit is to stabilize your loved one, so they can continue with their treatment. This may take 3-4 days, although it varies depending on the diagnosis. After they are stable, they may go to the Neuromedicine Unit of Intermountain Medical Center (T-14 on the 14th floor) or be discharged. For discharged patients, some of our recommendations for continued care may include:
- Our Neuro Rehab Center on the 12th floor (T-12) or an outside organization
- A long-term acute care facility (LTAC)
- A skilled nursing facility
We may also recommend going home if there has been enough progress.
What To Expect
Your nurse will be extremely attentive to the needs of your loved one and will give him or her an extensive neurological evaluation every two hours. This helps us notice the slightest changes to your loved one’s health. You and your loved one will also have access to a social worker and a case manager who can 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 participate. We have open visiting hours, so you can visit your loved one at all hours. We also will encourage you to join us in Daily Patient Care Rounding – when the doctor, nurse pharmacist, and other members of the team meet to discuss your loved one’s progress and make plans for their care that day. This is a good time for you to ask questions.
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.