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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Specialized Care for Patients

We are a 12-bed unit providing specialized care for patients. Our ICU team of professionals includes physicians, nurses respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, social services, pharmacy, pastoral care and many other specialty services.

We know that having a loved one in the hospital is very stressful and we encourage your participation in the care of your loved one. 

Please Help Us

In order for us to give the best care to your family member, we ask for your cooperation in the following:

  • Do not bring children into the Intensive Care Unit without the permission of the nursing staff.
  • Limit visitors to 2 - 3 per patient. If you are waiting to visit a patient, please wait in the waiting room.
  • We encourage patient families to choose one or two spokespersons to be in charge of calling in for updates and passing that information on to the rest of their family members. A phone is available in the waiting room for family use. Cell phones must be turned off when in the Intensive Care Unit.
  • Following surgery or procedures, there may be a 30 minute to one hour wait for visitors to enter the ICU.
  • At nursing shift change (7 a.m. and 7 p.m.) the oncoming shift will receive a report about the patients in ICU. To protect the confidentiality of our patients, you may be asked to leave the unit, or the doors of the patient’s room may be closed at this time.
  • Due to the risk of infection, do not bring food or drink into the patient rooms. We also ask that you do not bring fresh flowers into the patient rooms. We encourage you to take them home or wait until the patient is moved out of ICU.
  • We have open visiting hours. We have continued this in our Intensive Care Unit because we know that having family at the bedside is often comforting for our patients. If the nursing or medical staff should ask you to leave the room, we ask that you respectfully honor their request.
  • Again, we understand that this is an extremely overwhelming and stressful time for your family. We understand that the many labs and tests being done may be confusing, and the uncertain outcomes can be scary or frustrating. Please do not be afraid to ask questions, express your concerns, or ask for assistance. Your input in the care of your loved one is very important to us.

For more information, call the Avera Sacred Heart Intensive Care Unit, 605-668-8142   

Avera eICU Care (eICU)

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital is one of the few hospitals in the Midwest that provides patients an extra level of life-saving care in the intensive care unit.  Avera Sacred Heart, along with nine other facilities in the Avera Health system, provide Avera eICU® CARE to their patients. 

This innovative technology continues to prove its value to patients. In a recent three-month study, the nine Avera eICU CARE facilities contributed to a 30 percent decrease in predicted hospital mortality for ICU patients and reduced predicted ICU length of stay time by 23 percent.

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