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Depend on the specialists at Essentia Health for round-the-clock critical care services in an intensive care unit (ICU). Essentia offers critical care services at its hospitals in Duluth and Brainerd, Minnesota, and Fargo, North Dakota. Our team offers high-quality care and personalized attention in an environment equipped with advanced technology that aids and supports healing.
An intensive care unit (ICU) is a department in a health care facility where specially trained professionals treat and constantly monitor patients who have a life-threatening injury or condition.
Intensive care services can help someone who is critically ill recover. You may stay in an ICU if you need post-operative care after a major surgery, or if you need treatment for:
Your ICU team is led by an intensivist—a doctor with advanced training in critical care. That means you benefit from the experience and education of a doctor who specializes in treating very ill patients.
Trust the intensivists at Essentia to coordinate care with medical specialists—such as cardiologists, neurologists, pulmonologists, and surgeons—to ensure the best possible care. Your team may include:
Depending on your situation and location, you may receive care at an ICU that focuses on treating a certain condition. Benefit from the use of advanced technology and equipment in the hands of multidisciplinary specialists at:
Count on Essentia’s compassionate staff to give daily updates about a loved one’s condition, answer questions, and provide emotional support and education. Each critical care room includes a family area. Stay by your loved one's side and visit whenever you are able. There are no set visiting hours in the ICU.
If your family member is getting care at an Essentia facility, you can call the ICU and ask for an update. Choose one person to be the point-of-contact for your family to help streamline communication about your loved one’s condition. If you aren’t a family member, you can ask the patient’s family to add your name to an approved contact list.
The American Association of Critical Care Nurses awarded the Beacon Award for Excellence to the following critical care units:
The award recognizes improved health outcomes and overall patient satisfaction.