Critical Care Starts Here
From emergency room care to in-patient intensive care Memorial can handle
a wide variety of critical care situations.
Our new, state-of-the art, 15,102 sq ft. Intensive Care Unit is scheduled
to open in the summer of 2016 on the 9th Floor of the main campus. Once
this takes place, our existing, 10,180 sq. ft., 3rd floor will be renovated.
When this is complete, Memorial will have the largest critical care unit
in southwest Louisiana with a total of 32 beds. These areas are available
for critically ill patients in need of ongoing specialized cardiac, stroke,
and/or pulmonary monitoring, or recovering from major orthopedic trauma
or general trauma surgery.
Our current 12,671 sq. ft. Emergency Department which had over 63,000 visits
in 2015, is currently being expanded to handle the increased volume and
our expansion of trauma-related services such as telestroke and heart
attack assessment, orthopedic trauma and general trauma surgery, as well
as other critical care services such as mental health triage, respiratory
and gastrointestinal distress. The additional space will add 12,793 square
feet to the ED for a total of 25,464 square feet when complete.
In addition to general medicine treatment areas, our current ED has 4 cardiac-designated
care rooms, a fast track treatment area, and 2 trauma rooms. Digital diagnostics,
including CT scanning, are located in the ED which reduces transport times.
Stroke & Brain Injury Assessment
Using video conferencing technology, our TeleStroke process is similar
to communicating via a Web cam. The Memorial ED team consults with Tulane
Medical Center's stroke team using one set of protocols to perform
the evaluation and begin treatment fast. This program provides 24-hour
access to stroke experts and specialized services not otherwise available
in the area. Tulane’s stroke specialists help to evaluate the patient
and consult on diagnosis, treatment or appropriate transfer. The goal
is to keep patients near their family and friends and only transfer patients
when specialized care is needed.
Chest Pain & Heart Attack Intervention
From the minute ED is alerted of a cardiac emergency to the time the patient
is brought to Memorial and through the cardiac catheterization lab or
surgery, our emergency and heart care team works together to provide fast
heart attack intervention treatment following nationally-established assessment
protocols. Five newly- enhanced cardiac catheterization laboratories are
available to provide emergency response to open blocked coronary arteries.
In addition, with the largest surgery department in southwest Louisiana,
our 13 renovated, state-of-the-art surgical suites are equipped with cutting
edge technology for trauma surgery.
Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
Specialized orthopedic trauma and fracture care, as well as general trauma
surgery, is available for potentially limb-threatening or life-altering
injuries that commonly result from car accidents, falls, sporting activities
and industrial accidents. Memorial is the only hospital in southwest Louisiana
to offer this critical care treatment team with trauma and orthopedic
surgeons, physiatrists and neurosurgeons working together to provide multidisciplinary
care for major injuries. Orthopedic trauma services include severed fingers,
sports injuries, and fractures such as pelvic fractures and intra-articular
fractures, and infected or improperly healed fractures.
General Trauma Surgery
Comprehensive emergent care for critical injury means patients have direct
access to specialists and advanced technology, ensuring the fastest and
most extensive care in the region. A team approach to surgical critical
care can require a multidisciplinary team of trauma, neuro, plastic, orthopedic,
heart and vascular surgeons to ensure that patients receive the best possible
care no matter the type or severity of their illness or injury. Trauma
surgery may be necessary after the body experiences a catastrophic impact,
such as a major car crash, a gunshot wound, a stabbing, a severe fall,
a crush injury, or being struck by a car.
Mental Health Intervention
Currently, our ED offers a specially-designated triage area for emergent
mental illness issues. Long range plans include a new, 34,000 sq. ft.,
stand-alone mental health hospital with emergency triage services. Phase
I (adult & adolescent units) will include 42 beds. Phase II (geropsych
and substance abuse units + a medical office building) will add an additional
56 beds for a total of 98 beds once both phases of construction are completed.
A timeframe for the project is under determination.