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|Inpatient Care Unit
The Inpatient Care Unit is the Medical/Surgical/Special Care/Pediatric unit for Calais Regional Hospital. This unit can accommodate patient activity/census that does not exceed the requirements under critical access hospital status. (The inpatient census must be no more than 25 including observation and swing patients)
Care on this unit is provided by and/or under the direction of registered nurses with the assistance of licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants and ward clerks. There is a full time nurse manager to manage the unit. Sixty percent of the Inpatient Care Unit registered nurses and the manager of the unit are certified in Medical Surgical and / or Critical Care Nursing through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Critical Care Connection --Two rooms, designated as special care rooms, are electronically linked to a team of intensive-care specialists at Eastern Maine Medical Center. This advanced technology allows us to partner with EMMC to enhance your nurses’ and physicians ability to provide the best care possible.
We understand there is no substitution for the human touch and the sense of caring that face to face communication bring in a time of serious illness. The camera in the room and the vital signs monitors are connected to a remote monitoring site at EMMC. Periodically during a patients stay, they will hear from the Critical Care Connection team as they help the nurse or physician identify trends or changes in the patients condition.
The Unit also offers the Swing Bed Program, a classification for patients no longer requiring acute care and eligible for skilled nursing care. There is an emphasis on nursing rehabilitation and a multidisciplinary approach to patient care to facilitate the patient’s ability to be discharged. Patients may also be admitted for observation and or treatments, both considered to be outpatient status.
The Unit keeps pediatric toys, videos and books for the variety of age groups that may be admitted. Special consideration is given to parents and encouragement for them to stay with the child while hospitalized. There is also special consideration given to patients and their families during a time of terminal illness. (The Nightingale Room) Every effort is made to accommodate special needs twenty-four hours of the day.
Discharge Planning is a multidisciplinary effort carried out by the Inpatient Care Unit staff in conjunction with Ancillary departments such as dietary, pharmacy, and physical therapy, along with the social worker and case manager. Resources and patient education that the patient needs prior to discharge are explored and provided for the patient.