Intensive care unit in Reston, Virginia

Reston Hospital Center provides intensive care to patients who need close monitoring and advanced medical care. The specialists in our intensive care unit (ICU), also known as a critical care unit (CCU), treat medical and surgical patients with the most serious needs.

For more information about the ICU at Reston Hospital, please call (877) 689-3627.

At Reston Hospital, patients may be admitted to the ICU for:

  • Surgical recovery
  • Brain injuries, such as bleeding, trauma, stroke, tumors or comas
  • Cardiac problems, such as very low or very high blood pressure, abnormal heartbeat or heart attack
  • Pulmonary and respiratory problems, such as asthma attack, severe pneumonia or pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung)
  • Serious infections
  • Critical illness
  • Continued care after a critical injury treated in our Level II Trauma Center

Reston Hospital's specially trained ICU teams provide the constant monitoring and compassionate care you expect when you or a loved one needs it most.

Our intensive care teams include:

  • Physicians – present on unit 24/7
  • Nurses
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Nutritionists and dietitians
  • Physical therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Social workers
  • Clergy

Progressive care unit (PCU)

Our progressive care unit, also called a step-down unit, is for patients who require more medical attention than is available on a general unit, but less than what is required in the ICU.

Comprehensive critical care services

Our intensive care unit provides care that goes beyond typical inpatient support. In an ICU, you can expect:

  • Concentrated care: Intensive care doctors (called intensivists) and nurses are specially trained to care for patients with life-threatening illnesses or injuries, including stroke and heart conditions. Patients receive compassionate, attentive and expert care around the clock.
  • Advanced technology: We are proud to offer the most advanced technologies and equipment in our state-of-the-art ICU. This results in shorter hospital stays and better outcomes.
  • Progressive Mobility Program: Because patients in intensive care are often immobilized, our team takes gradual steps to re-introduce activity and restore mobility, with the goal of returning patients to their normal functioning.
  • Aggressive Transitional Care Program: Your care is coordinated with your primary care provider and specialists to decrease your chances of being readmitted to the hospital.

Visiting patients in intensive care

We realize that you want to see your family member or friend, stay updated on his or her health and provide good spirits, and we encourage you to visit.

An important part of intensive care treatment is allowing time for patients to rest without interruption in a quiet environment, which promotes healing. Our visitor guidelines are designed to provide critically ill patients with the best possible setting for recovery and renewal. Special accommodations may be possible upon request.

Guidelines for visiting the ICU and PCU

  • Limit ICU visitors to two at the patient's bedside. More than two visitors are permitted in the PCU, but in all cases, intensive care nurses may limit visits to help your loved one rest and heal.
  • Exchange visitors and information in the waiting areas, not at the bedside or in doorways.
  • Use the waiting area when not visiting in the patient's room to help limit traffic in hallways, doorways and the unit itself. This helps us comply with all fire and safety regulations and patient confidentiality rules.
  • Use hand sanitizers on the wall near the door of each room when entering and leaving. Infection control guidelines are set to help patients recover.
  • Do not bring live flowers, plants or animals into the ICU. Flowers are permitted in the PCU, and balloons, cards and photographs are welcome in the ICU and PCU.
  • Do not eat or drink in the ICU patient rooms. There is a dedicated family waiting room for families to eat in. Food and drink are allowed in the PCU.
  • Limit cell phone use and keep conversations to a quiet tone. Set phone ringers on low volume or vibrate.
  • Consider the risk to critical care patients and the need for your visit if you have a fever or symptoms of an infectious illness, such as a cold or flu. If you might be ill, reschedule your visit.
  • Provide direct supervision for children. For safety reasons, please keep toddlers and infants at home. NO visitors under the age of 14 may be permitted in the ICU.
  • As a general rule, visitors cannot stay overnight in patient rooms at Reston Hospital. ICU does not allow rooming in overnight. We can provide suggestions for hotels nearby.
  • Occasionally, we may ask visitors to step out of the ICU and into the waiting areas while we perform procedures or respond to a crisis situation with a patient.
  • Rest and take care of yourself, so you are in the best possible health to help your loved one's recovery.

ICU visitation hours

The daily visitation schedules in the ICU and PCU are as follows:

ICU visiting hours: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
We have open visitation but ask families to step out during our bedside handoff. These times are: 6:30 am - 8:00 am and 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

ICU quiet hours: 9:00 p.m. to 8:00 am

PCU visiting hours: The PCU has open visitation hours with quiet times varying by patient based on the patient's and the healthcare team’s needs.

Designate a primary contact person

Please designate one person in the family of the patient as the primary contact person to receive updates on your loved one's condition from the critical care nursing staff. This primary contact person will receive a privacy code to provide with the patient’s name when calling for updates.

Our nurses will contact this spokesperson if there is any change in your loved one's condition. Please limit calls to the ICU and PCU to check in on a patient’s health for designated primary contact people only.

Hospice and palliative care

Palliative care aims to relieve the discomfort, symptoms and stress of serious illness and to improve quality of life for the patient and his or her caregivers. Palliative care does not replace your primary treatment. It works in conjunction with the other treatments you already receive to improve how you feel.

Hospice care is a type of specialized care that focuses on the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of terminally ill patients and their families. Hospice services can be provided in your home, a hospital, nursing facility or hospice center.

Reston Hospital does not directly provide hospice or palliative care, but our team can help your family navigate these services and connect you to local resources.