Critical Care Services

The Rush Critical Care Unit receives patients who are critically ill or would benefit from high observation care. The goal of the unit staff is to maintain a healing environment within the busy atmosphere created by caring for, admitting, and transferring patients.

The staff of the critical care unit focuses on meeting the physical needs of our patients. Dignity, privacy, spirituality, and pain management are primary considerations for our medical staff.

For Visitors
Visiting times in the critical care units are 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m., and 8 p.m. for 30 minutes each time. No more than five people may visit at a time. The hospital reserves the right to limit the number based on the clinical condition of the patient. No children under 10 years of age are allowed during ordinary circumstances.

Calling for Information
You will be given the direct phone number of the CCU. We ask that you designate one person in the family to communicate with the staff and relay information to the rest of the family. With one person, the nurse and the physician will be able to convey information about the patient's condition and procedures effectively without interfering with patient care.

You may receive phone calls from family and friends at the pay phones in the waiting room. The phone numbers are: (601) 485-9404 or (601) 485-9251

Meals
Immediately after admission, most patients are not allowed to eat. As their condition progresses, some patients may be started on liquids, then advance to solids as tolerated. Some patients may remain on intake restrictions. This is based on the physician's orders. Please do not bring food or drinks into the unit.

Flowers and Gifts
Flowers and fresh fruit are NOT allowed in the CCU. Families are strongly encouraged to keep gifts and personal belongings until the patient transfers from the unit.