Intensive Care

After a severe injury, serious illness, or major surgery, you may spend time in the intensive care unit (ICU) at UNC Health Johnston in Clayton or Smithfield. You’ll benefit from round-the-clock monitoring and expert staff specially trained to help you recover.

What is Intensive Care?

Intensive care, also called critical care, gives you the hospital’s highest level of medical support. Nurses and doctors with certifications in life support watch your vital signs 24/7 and respond quickly to changes in breathing, heartbeat, and other body functions. Their timely care helps you stay as well as possible.

Conditions We Treat

Expect intensive care for conditions that threaten your life or a major organ:

Visiting Guidelines

Visit a loved one in the ICU any time. Up to three guests may be in the room at once. Children may not visit during flu season (fall to early spring).

Advance Directives

Make advance directives to explain your wishes regarding health care if you’re ever unable to speak for yourself.

Support for Families

Request spiritual care for emotional support and counsel on issues of ethics—regardless of your faith background or personal beliefs. Your family will receive compassionate guidance from an empathetic chaplain or trained volunteer.

After Intensive Care

When your condition is stable, you’ll move to a progressive care unit—an intermediate level of care. Your doctor may recommend rehabilitation services to help restore your ability to move, do tasks, speak, or swallow after a serious medical condition.

Contact the ICU

To ask about guidelines for visitors, call the UNC Health Johnston ICU in Smithfield at 919-209-3200 or the UNC Health Johnston ICU in Clayton at 919-585-8768.

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