The Intensive Care Unit Team
Visiting the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) can be overwhelming. The equipment,
noises and new faces often add to the feelings of anxiety and helplessness. Our
goal as a critical care staff is to help patients and families through a
stressful time. Rutland’s
specially trained ICU team includes:
- Critical Care Physician
(Intensivist). Critical care physicians are trained and
certified in critical care medicine, and it is their responsibility to
oversee the care provided to Rutland ICU patients. The critical care
physician may act as the patient’s primary physician, as a consultant, or
an advisor to the patient’s primary physician.
- Unit Nursing Director. The nursing director is responsible for
the overall activities of the ICU 24 hours a day, ensuring that each
patient receives high quality, individualized care.
- ICU Nurse. Rutland’s ICU nurses have received
special education in caring for the critically ill, and many of our RN’s
have earned Critical Care Certification.
- Respiratory Therapist. Registered respiratory therapists play an
important role in helping patients with breathing problems. In
coordination with the physician, they manage the ventilators, administer
special breathing treatments, assist with breathing exercises and educate
patients on how to maintain healthy breathing.
- Clinical Pharmacist. A pharmacist assigned to the ICU is
responsible for monitoring selected areas of patient’s drug therapy. Prior to
discharge, they are available to assist patients and their families with
questions about the medications they will be taking at home.
- Palliative Care Nurse. The palliative care nurse assists patients and
families in exploring their needs, goals and ideas about quality of life so
that treatment decisions can be made in a way that supports patient and family
- Social Worker. Social workers may be called upon to provide
both emotional and practical assistance to patients and families.
- Physical, Occupational,
Speech Therapist. These specialists assist with improving
patients mobility, cognitive and speech function, and ability to perform daily
- Case Manager. Registered nurses who work closely with a physician
to assist in facilitating patient care and discharge needs.
- Dietitian. Dietitians assist staff in providing nutrition
support for all patients – especially those not yet eating on their own.