I am a critical care nurse in Kentucky. What is the time frame for a physician visit after an admission to a critical care unit in your area? It has become a topic of debate at my hospital. I feel that if a patient's condition warrants an admission to a critical care unit, the patient's condition also warrants a visit from the physician. Does your hospital have a policy on this? What is the time frame considered acceptable in other facitilities? Often patient's admitted to our critical care units are not seen by the admitting physicians for HOURS, and I feel as if this puts the patients as well as the nurses caring for them at risk. Please reply.