Patients who are admitted as inpatients at Licking Memorial Health Systems for medical conditions or surgical procedures are cared for on the Medical/Surgical Units on the fourth, fifth and sixth floors.
On the medical units located on the fourth floor, patients receive specialized care for, but not limited to: general, medical, cardiopulmonary, neurological and renal diagnoses.
Pediatric care is provided on the 4-South Unit. The Pediatric Care Unit is designated for children ages 0-17 years of age. Patients have the opportunity to keep busy with activities such as coloring books and crayons, video games, puzzles, board games and DVD's to watch. Parents/guardians are encouraged to participate in their child’s care, and are offered a hospital bed or roll away bed to provide a comfortable stay.
On the surgical units located on the fifth and sixth floors, care is provided for, but not limited to: general, gynecologic, ophthalmologic, urological, vascular and orthopedic surgery.
On the Medical/Surgical Units we strive to offer private rooms. Visitation is not restricted, as the units are open 24 hours daily for visitation. The nursing and support staff caring for the patients on these units have a diverse medical and surgical background in health care, and an individual plan of care is provided for each patient with the support of an interdisciplinary clinical team. Hourly rounds are completed by the nursing staff in order to ensure that all of the patient's personal needs are addressed. Walking Reports are completed each shift. The patient’s present nurse gives a report to the patient’s oncoming nurse in the presence of the patient. Hourly rounds are completed by the nursing staff in order to ensure that all of the patient's personal needs are addressed. Other departments offering support staff to assist in meeting the patient’s needs include: Respiratory Therapy, Pharmacy, Dieticians, Case-Management/Social Work and Physical/Occupational Therapy.
Patient safety is a primary focus at Licking Memorial Health Systems. The following equipment is used in meeting the safety needs of the patients.
Patient beds and chairs have alarm systems to help reduce the incidence of falls.
Smart IV pumps are used for intravenous administration to ensure that the patient is given the right dosage and is not overmedicated.
Bedside Medication Verification is a barcode medication administration system which helps prevent medication error, ensuring the right patient gets the right medication.
Advanta Beds are available with a Zone Air mattress which helps prevent and protect against skin breakdown while providing comfort to the patient.
Cribs have adjustable frames to help position the infant safely and also have a special protective canopy that prevents children from climbing out of bed.