Portsmouth Regional Hospital provides intensive care to patients who need close monitoring and advanced medical treatment. Our intensive care unit (ICU), sometimes known as a critical care unit (CCU) treats medical and surgical patients, including those recovering from serious illness or complex surgery, cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgery or neurosurgical procedures.
Our teams provide the constant monitoring and attentive care you'd want for a friend or family member in greatest need—and we're conveniently located so you can stay close to your loved one.
Expert Critical Care
Our intensive care teams include:
- Respiratory therapists
- Nutritionists and dietitians
- Physical, occupational and speech therapists
- Social workers
At Portsmouth Regional Hospital, our intensive care units provide treatment that goes beyond typical inpatient support in multiple ways:
- Expert care – With specialized training and certifications in critical care and cardiac surgery care.
- Safety and security – We closely monitor patients around the clock and only admit approved visitors, such as immediate family members, to the units.
- Advanced technology– We're committed to using advanced technologies, procedures and equipment to help our patients, often resulting in shorter hospital stays and better outcomes.
- Remote monitoring – Helps our caregivers deliver a constant, high level of attention and responsiveness
- Hypothermia therapy – Reduces organ damage following cardiac arrest
- Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) – Filters blood in cases of acute kidney failure
- Intra-aortic Balloon Pump (IABP) – Helps the heart pump blood throughout the body
- Transitional Care Program – Coordinates care with your primary care provider and specialists to lessen your chance of being readmitted to the hospital
- Progressive Mobility Program – Because patients in intensive care are often immobilized, our team takes gradual steps to re-introduce activity and restore mobility, with the goal of returning patients to their normal functioning.
Intensive Care Services
You may be admitted to intensive care for:
- Recovery from neuro, cardiac or thoracic surgery
- Brain injuries such as bleeding, trauma, stroke, tumors or comas
- Heart problems such as very low or very high blood pressure, abnormal heartbeat or heart attack
- Lung and breathing problems such as acute asthma attack, severe pneumonia or pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung)
- Serious infections, including sepsis
Visiting Patients in the ICU
We understand how important the support of family is to a patient's recovery, and we encourage families to visit. Learn more about our critical care visitor guidelines.