Our Services

Critical Care Unit

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When critical medical care is needed, Gritman Medical Center’s staff is highly trained and ready to provide you with compassionate and professional care. Gritman’s five-bed Critical Care Unit is able to provide inpatient care and surgery recovery as well as stabilization for transfer.

Keeping You Informed

The physicians, nurses and other staff who care for you work together as a team. You are an important part of that team, as well. Your needs are at the center of every decision and one way we keep you involved and informed is through bedside reporting. This occurs when there is a shift change or transfer of patient care. Your incoming and outgoing care team meet in your room. Information about care, needs, medications, diet and any other issues are discussed and you are included. This is one way you are involved in your care at Gritman.

Code White (Rapid Response Team)

Unexpected changes in your health can happen suddenly while in the hospital. Gritman’s Rapid Response Team is prepared to stabilize you should your condition require it.

Anyone, including doctors, nurses, family or visitors, can call a Code White emergency by calling 0 on any in-house phone. You will tell the operator you are calling a Code White and give your location, which is clearly posted in all patient rooms.

What is considered a dramatic change?

  • Changes in heart rate.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Drop in blood pressure.
  • Confusion, agitation or other mental status.

Visitors

Because companionship is proven to aid in healing, Gritman encourages visitors as your condition allows. Visitors may be limited in number and to particular times of the day, depending on the patient’s condition and to respect the privacy of the other patients. For the safety of our patients, visitors after 9 p.m. will be asked to sign in at the main registration desk.

Loving support from friends and family is key to recovery. Gritman supports CaringBridge, a free online service where you, the family of a patient, can create a website to update other family members and friends about a patient’s condition. Visit CaringBridge to learn more.

Transfer

Gritman Medical Center receives air support from MedStar and LifeFlight. A state-of-the-art helicopter pad is installed on the roof on the southern part of the building. The heated pad allows for flights to land in most types of weather. Gritman is also located just minutes from the Moscow-Pullman Regional Airport when airplane transport is necessary.

Staff

All Gritman Critical Care staff is certified in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Trauma Nurse Core Course and Crisis Prevention Intervention. Staff is required to complete annual continuing education courses too.

The number of nurses with department-specific certification is growing. While this is not a requirement of general nursing, it is encouraged at Gritman as yet another way to provide exceptional patient care.

Thank you for Choosing Us

Thank you for choosing Gritman Medical Center for your healthcare needs. Your satisfaction is important to us and we are asking for your help. Some patients may receive a telephone survey. We use the results of this anonymous survey to help us improve care and services. We greatly appreciate your taking the time to give us valuable feedback.

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our department or the services provided, please call me.

Niki Walker, director

Medical/Surgical

(208) 883-6419

niki.walker@gritman.org