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Critical Care Services

Round-the-Clock Treatment for Serious Injuries and Illnesses

When you or someone you love requires critical care in Jasper, Indiana, you will be in good hands at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. Our Critical Care Services unit is located on Level 2 of the LCM Tower. This unit consists of 26 private rooms where patients can receive attentive care in a peaceful environment.

Our highly skilled nursing staff is trained in critical care procedures and provides 24/7 monitoring for every patient in this unit. Respiratory and physical therapists, along with other allied health professionals and physicians, are always ready to respond to any changes in a patient’s condition.

For more information about Critical Care Services, please call 812.996.0326.

What is Critical Care?

Critical care is for patients who require constant monitoring in case their condition changes. These patients often have serious or life-threatening conditions. Our critical care staff includes some of the most highly skilled and trained medical professionals in the area. Every member of our staff is committed to providing patients with attentive care and support for their loved ones during this difficult time.

Many patients do recover when placed in critical care, and we spare no effort to make sure that all of their needs are taken care of as they receive treatment in this unit.

Heart Care & State-of-the-Art Defibrillation Technology

An abnormal heartbeat, also known as an arrhythmia, makes it difficult for blood to pump throughout the body. It can also increase the risk of blood clots and other cardiovascular conditions. Arrhythmias can be treated in an elective procedure known as cardioversion.

One method of performing cardioversion is to send electrical shocks to the heart. The goal of this treatment is to reset the heartbeat so that it returns to a normal rhythm.

How electrical cardioversion works:

  • Patients are provided with a sedative so that they don’t feel pain during the procedure.
  • A brief electrical shock is applied to the heart using a defibrillator.
  • The shock should briefly stop the heartbeat.
  • The doctor will monitor the heart to see if it has returned to a normal rhythm.
  • The number of shocks required varies; however, some patients will only need one.
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