Avera St. Luke's Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
Skilled, Compassionate Professionals at the Patient's Bedside
Equipped for Complex Medical Care
With skilled, compassionate professionals and state-of-the-art technology, our team in Avera St. Luke’s Intensive Care Unit is equipped for complex medical care. Our ICU is part of the southeast addition that opened in early 2006.
Avera St. Luke’s enhanced ICU includes 10 large, private rooms and one nurses’ station for every two rooms. It’s designed so the nurses will essentially be at the patient’s bedside in a quieter, more healing environment. Our new ICU also features in-room kidney dialysis, a big convenience for patients with those needs. The ICU is connected to the third-floor medical unit by a walkway.
Family Lounge Available for Family
The new ICU includes a large family lounge, complete with a kitchen and bathroom/shower. The reception area is staffed by volunteers who can help with a family's needs during this time.
Visiting Hours While in the ICU
Our primary concern in the ICU is the well-being of the patient. We ask that you limit visitors to immediate family or closest friends only, and we request that only two visitors be in the room at a time.
Extra Level of Care
Avera e-ICU® CARE is a unique, advanced, intensive care monitoring system that sends video and data transmission to a remote center in Sioux Falls, staffed by additional ICU physicians and nurses who offer an extra level of patient care.
When you visit our ICU, you are surrounded by some of the latest technology. Our staff is well trained in the use of the equipment, which might include:
The heart monitor displays the patient’s heart rhythm on a screen at the bedside and is also monitored by teletechs at our monitoring desk, 24 hours a day. This monitor detects changes in heart rate and heart rhythm immediately.
The most common way for patients to receive oxygen in ICU is by a “prong” that feeds oxygen into their nose, or by a face mask. Sometimes patients need to be placed on a ventilator (or respirator) to help them breathe.
Intravenous (IV) Pumps
It is very important for us to control the rate of IV fluids and IV medications that our patients receive, and IV pumps assist with this.
Immediate family can call the ICU at 605-622-5557 to inquire about a loved one.