Wadley Regional Medical Center’s 14-bed Intensive Care Unit provides high-level medical care for patients requiring continuous observation and treatment. Intensive care patients include those admitted from our emergency department suffering neurological trauma and multiple injuries, recovering heart surgery patients, and others whose condition calls for constant observation and concentrated care.
Visiting ICU patients
Our visitation guidelines are designed to promote the recovery process by allowing family members ample opportunity to visit while ensuring that our critically ill patients receive the care needed. Visitation guidelines follow:
- Visitors may be asked to wait before entering the unit on occasions, such as during a nursing shift change, an emergency in the unit, a new patient admission, or at the nurse’s discretion, based on the patient’s condition.
(Please be aware that during an emergency, visitors will be asked to leave the unit temporarily.)
- All visitors are asked to wash their hands upon entering the unit, as well as leaving the unit. Sinks are located just inside the unit entrance.
- No visitors under the age of 14 are permitted in the ICU without the approval of the nurse taking care of the patient.
- Parents of pediatric patients may remain in the room with their child, unless prohibited by emergencies, treatments, or other concerns as expressed by the nursing staff or physicians.
ICU Waiting Room
Waiting areas are available for other family members and loved ones.
The ICU waiting room number is (903) 798-7290.
Privacy & Patient Information
Wadley encourages the patient's family to select one member as a contact person to be kept appraised of the patient's condition by ICU staff and physicians. Callers and visitors concerned about the patient's situation are referred to this contact person so the family can protect its privacy by controlling the release of information. At the request of the patient or the individual responsible for making decisions on behalf of the patient, information regarding a patient’s condition can be released by telephone to anyone how knows the predetermined “Code Word” established by or for that specific patient. In compliance with Texas law and National HIPAA Privacy Standards regarding patient rights and patient confidentiality, Wadley staff members are only allowed to give a one-word condition report in response to patient inquiries. The appropriate one-word condition responses are as follows:
- GOOD - Vital signs are stable. The patient is conscious and comfortable.
- FAIR - Vital signs are stable. The patient is conscious but may not be comfortable.
- SERIOUS - Vital signs are unstable and not within normal range. The patient is Acutely ill.
- CRITICAL - Vital signs are unstable and not within normal range. The patient is Gravely ill.
The ICU nursing and support personnel in the intensive care unit are specially trained to deliver the highest quality patient care possible. Our caregivers know that the patient’s return to the best health possible is the major objective.
Dianne Greenhaw, RN, Director