Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Visitor Information

The Rush Intensive Care Unit (ICU) 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.

For Visitors
Visitation for the ICU is limited.The hospital reserves the right to limit the number of visitors at any given time based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Other visitors are asked to please remain in the waiting room and not in the hallway outside the unit. No children under the age of 12 are allowed during ordinary circumstances.

For pediatric patients in the ICU, one responsible caretaker is required to stay with a child 12 years of age or under.

All visitors must wash their hands or use antimicrobial hand rinse every time they enter and exit the unit.

Meals
Immediately after admission, most patients are not allowed to eat. As their condition progresses, some patients are started on liquids, then advanced 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 unless approved by the patient's physician.

Rapid Response
We want the patient and family to be involved in care. We want to work together as a team to improve patient safety. If you have any questions or concerns about patient care, talk to the nurse. If you need additional assistance or continue to be concerned, you should call the hotline number: 9999. Tell the hospital operator you are concerned, and she will get the Nursing Supervisor to come talk to you in the room immediately.

Calling for Information
The number directly to the ICU nurse's station is (601) 703-9620. We ask that you designate one person in the family to communicate with the staff and relay information to the rest of the family. This will allow the nurse and the physician to be able to convey information about the patient's condition and procedures effectively without interfering with patient care.

ICU Visitation Hours

  • 10-10:30 a.m.
  • 1-1:30 p.m.
  • 5-5:30 p.m.
  • 8-8:30 p.m.

The hostess will notify visitors when the unit is ready for visitation.

Medication Reconciliation
For patients admitted into the ICU, please bring the patient's medication bottles to the ICU so the nurses can accurately identify current home medications.

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