Intensive Care Unit
Welcome to the intensive care unit (ICU) at Littleton Adventist Hospital. Our highly-skilled interdisciplinary teams take care of patients who are critically ill and require continuous, comprehensive care. The medical team is led by an intensivist with special training in critical care medicine.
At Littleton Adventist Hospital, many of the intensivists are also pulmonologists who are internal medicine physicians with special training in diagnosing and treating pulmonary (lung) and respiratory tract disorders. On call around the clock, they are able to assess each patient's condition continuously, intervene rapidly and communicate regularly with the patient's family and primary care physician.
Specially trained critical care registered nurses staff this unit. Joining the patient care team as need arises are trauma-trained surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopedists, clinical pharmacists, respiratory therapists, physical, occupational and speech therapists and nutritionists.
As a group, the ICU interdisciplinary team round on each patient daily to ensure a unified approach to care and that every detail of the care plan is being followed.
Also available as a resource for patients and their families in the ICU is the Palliative Care Team. The Palliative Care Team of physicians, nurses, chaplains and social workers helps facilitate optimal communication by focusing on the patient's preferences for his/her own care, managing pain and other distressing symptoms, assisting with advance directives or care planning beyond the hospital and providing emotional and spiritual support. Their goal is to help patients relieve the physical, emotional and spiritual distress that can accompany a serious illness.
The ICU's rooms can be found on 5 South in patient rooms 551 - 574.
Ask Lorna Prang, clinical nurse specialist on the Littleton Adventist Hospital intensive care unit (ICU) team, what her secret for enjoying a 45-year nursing career is and she'll refer you to her favorite quote by Pearl Buck: "The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it."
On May 14, Prang was honored with nursing's most prestigious recognition, the Nightingale Luminary Awards for Excellence in Human Caring, for her commitment to lifelong learning, evidence-based practice, collaborative leadership, and excellence in the clinical arena. She was one of six statewide winners.
Prang was recognized in the category of Leadership in Clinical Practice for the Denver/Boulder region. Prang is the third RN from Littleton Hospital to be recognized with this award; Cyndy Krening, MS, RNC-OB, C-EFM, perinatal clinical nurse specialist, from women and children's services won in 2010, and Teri Fouts, RN, CRNI, from the Infusion Center won in 2007.
Meet The Winner
Prang wanted to become a nurse as a teenager because she thought she could make a difference in people's lives. Her career has encompassed direct patient care, including practicing in the roles of college health nurse, staff nurse, clinician, clinical manager, and clinical nurse specialist. She has been a critical care nurse for more than 30 years and with Littleton Hospital's ICU since 1999.
Prang believes knowledge and excellence in patient care are interrelated. Through education of critical care nurses, she makes an impact improving the lives of patients and the practice of all interdisciplinary staff.
Prang recently passed her clinical nurse specialist certification exam, and now, in addition to RN, MS and CCRN, adds CCNS behind her name.
From the July 2011 issue of Your Health Your Hospital.