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Special Care Unit

The Special Care Unit (SCU) is a specialty area of St. Luke’s Medical Center. The unit has advanced equipment, nurses who are trained in providing critical care to all age groups, and a controlled environment to provide the aggressive care that critically ill patients require. The SCU is designed to meet the needs of trauma victims (e.g. motor vehicle accidents) or people experiencing life-threatening medical problems. The SCU is a private room located adjacent to the nurse’s station allowing the nursing staff to observe the critical patient closely. If needed, the patient may be placed on a heart monitor, which allows the nurse to closely observe the patient’s heart rate and rhythm both in the room and at the nurse’s desk.

Telephone calls to the SCU should be limited to immediate family members. Please designate one member of the family to phone the SCU to inquire about the patient’s condition, and have that person convey this information to all concerned with the permission of the patient. Patient condition reports will not be given to friends; please discourage friends from calling and inquiring about the patient. Telephone calls remove the SCU nurse from his/her chief responsibility — the care of the patient.

Visitation in the SCU, at any one time, is limited to two immediate family members who are over 12 years of age. Please check with the nurse at the nurse’s station before entering a patient room, as procedures may be occurring, the patient may be asleep, or the patient’s family may have requested “No Visitors” at that time. Exceptions to this rule are at the discretion of the nurse on duty. Again, the SCU nurse’s primary concern is the patient, and he/she will make all decisions with this in mind.

Mylar balloons are permitted in the SCU, however latex balloons are not, as they are a potential source for allergies and are not allowed anywhere in the medical center. Please inform family and friends of this, when possible.