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Adult Intensive Care Unit


Adult Intensive Care Unit (4 Central Wing)

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UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
1250 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(424) 259-9430

About Our Unit

Thank you for trusting us with your or your loved one’s care. The goal of our Adult Intensive Care Unit is to provide excellent, patient-centered care with teamwork and compassion.

Our multidisciplinary team includes physicians, registered nurses, administrative care partners, respiratory and physical therapists, clinical social workers, nutritionists, pharmacists and case managers who collaborate with families to achieve optimal patient outcomes.

Patient and family-centered care is our priority. At the beginning of every shift, your current and incoming nurses will exchange information at your bedside. We do this so you can participate in your plan of care, but ask that you hold any questions until they are finished.

Visitor Guidelines

Please use the intercom located outside of both entrances to enter our ICU. Our staff will check with the assigned nurse before permitting access. When instructed by a staff member, press the silver plate next to the intercom to enter the unit.

Our goal is to maintain patient privacy and provide a calm and healing environment. Please always use the intercom before entering the unit. We appreciate your understanding.

No more than four visitors are allowed at the bedside at any time. We may need to further limit the number of bedside visitors, depending on the patient's condition and privacy needs.

To protect them from possible infection risks, children under age 18 are allowed to visit only with a supervising parent or adult and may not be left unattended. For their safety, children under 13 may visit only with approval from our Unit Director or Nursing Supervisor.

Be aware that we cannot accommodate requests to change the timing of tests or procedures because they are determined and scheduled by each patient's medical needs.

Useful Information

Our Hospital Staff
Healthcare team members are distinguishable by the color of their scrubs:
Navy Blue ............. Registered Nurses
Olive Green .......... Patient Care Partners
Black  ................... Lift Team
Light Blue .............. Respiratory

Team members from other departments also wear uniforms specific to their specialty. All staff members should wear identification badges with their name and photo properly displayed.

Personal Belongings
We ask that all personal belongings, such as clothing, jewelry and wallets, be taken home for safekeeping. Watches, rings, earrings and necklaces can interfere with medical procedures and are easily lost. If your loved one uses glasses, dentures or hearing aids, please inform our nurses and tell the bedside nurse any time you bring an item or take it home. We strive to keep an accurate log of items kept at each patient's bedside.

Artificial flowers, cards, non-latex balloons and personal photos are always welcome. To control infection, fresh flowers and plants are not allowed in our ICU.

Internet Access
Wireless-enabled Internet service is available in your room. Please ask your nurse for access code information or assistance.

Cell Phone
Use You may use your cell phone inside the patient’s room or outside the unit. Please do not use cell phones in the unit hallways. Cameras and cell phone photography are not allowed in our ICU.

The visitor restroom is located in Room 4315, near the south entrance to our unit.

Convenient valet parking is available almost 24 hours on weekdays at our main entrance, 1250 16th Street. Discounted rates available for extended periods. Ask our parking or security staff for details. 

What to Expect in the ICU

To ensure the best outcomes for your stay in the ICU, you can expect the following:

  • Your vital signs will be continuously monitored using different devices.
  • Your nurse will be asking about your pain at least every hour.
  • We will change your position every two hours to prevent skin breakdown.
  • Bed baths, lab tests, and x-rays tend to be done in the early morning, usually around 5 am.
  • If you are on a ventilator, we will perform oral care every two hours to help prevent development of pneumonia.
  • There is a charge nurse, resource nurse and a care partner on duty at all times who will assist your nurse with your care.

Privacy & Security Information

Patient privacy is very important to us. When visiting the ICU, you must remain in the patient's room or in the ICU waiting room at all times.

Please designate a family member or trusted friend as your loved one's advocate. That person will be provided with a privacy code to use when calling in for updates.

Quick Reference Guide

Medical Director
Iain Smith, MD

Unit Director
Coleen Wilson, RN, MSN
(424) 259-8280

Clinical Nurse Specialist
Mary Lawanson-Nichols, RN, MSN, NP
(424) 259-8230

Unit Telephone Number
(424) 259-9430

Spiritual Care
(424) 259-8170

Patient Affairs
(424) 259-9120