Neuro ICU Guidelines


Admission to the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU) may be pre-planned, such as for patients who require close monitoring following surgery, or it may be unplanned following an aneurysm, a stroke, or deterioration of a condition.

It can take around one to two hours to admit patients and settle them into the unit.

Sedation is often given to ensure that patients are comfortable after surgery, while on the ventilator, or receiving other treatment.

Visitor Rules 

  • The Neuro ICU has open visitation, but to provide privacy during shift change, only one guest may remain in the patient’s room from 6 a.m. – 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • No more than two visitors per patient are allowed at the bedside.
  • There is patient information passed in hallways as well as in the nurses’ station, so in order to protect privacy per HIPAA, please remain in the patient room during your visit.
  • Under some circumstances, we ask for limited visitation when it is in the best interest of the patient. If the patient needs to receive care, you may be asked to wait before entering the patient’s room.
  • No visitors 12 years old or younger are allowed in the Neuro ICU or the Neuro ICU waiting room.
  • Only two visitors per patient may stay in the waiting room overnight. You may obtain an overnight pass from the charge nurse after 8 p.m.
  • Real flowers are not allowed in the Neuro ICU rooms for infection reasons.
  • To reduce the spread of infection, please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before entering the Neuro ICU. If you are not feeling well, you will be asked to avoid coming into the Neuro ICU.
  • It is standard policy to ask every patient if her or she has advance directives (living will) and/or durable power of attorney. If so, please make staff aware of this as soon as possible, so that we can respect the patient's wishes.