Intensive Care

Advanced Care for Seriously Ill or Injured Patients

It can be stressful and worrying when you or a loved one needs to be treated in an intensive care unit (ICU). The doctors, nurses and other medical professionals at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport are here to provide the highest level of care.

Each of our four critical care units has the most advanced equipment and highly trained staff members with vast experience in providing intensive-care services for our patients. We have been recognized as a Center of Excellence for extracorporeal life support by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization — the only healthcare provider in our region with such recognition. In addition, our ICU team exceeds the staffing standards established by The Leapfrog Group.

Our Intensive Care Units

We have four main ICUs ready to serve you or your loved one:

  • Medical intensive care unit (MICU): Our critical care doctors, nurses and therapists in this unit provide comprehensive care for adult patients.
  • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU): Our Level III NICU is for newborn babies who need advanced care after they’re born. Our expert neonatologists and neonatology nurses are equipped to provide specialized care to full-term and premature newborns in a safe and secure setting. The NICU is located at the Women’s & Children’s Center at St. Mary Medical Center.
  • Pediatric intensive care unit (PICU): This unit’s staff includes pediatricians, family doctors, surgeons, nurses, child-life specialists, physical therapists, and speech and occupational therapists with specialized training to treat children from birth through age 18. Our PICU is a secure unit with all private rooms. It’s located at St. Mary Medical Center.
  • Surgical intensive care unit (SICU): Our SICU is where patients recover from traumatic injuries and emergency surgeries. The SICU team also cares for patients who have acute illnesses that require pulmonary (lung) and post-operative monitoring. Our specially trained trauma doctors and nurses ensure that each of our SICU patients receives the highest level of care.