Intensive Care and Coronary Care units should be equipped with up-to-date electronic and video monitoring systems linked to the nursing station. This ensures that emergencies don’t become, well, disasters. 

These units will provide special care to those critically or seriously ill patients having reversible life threatening, medical or surgical conditions which require constant, skilled observation while maintaining continuous high standards of patient care. 

Because these units are often extremely important and stressful, they often have specialized visiting hours. Check with your local hospital to see if this is the case, as well as to see if there are special exemptions for family members.