Ridgeview’s Telemetry (Intermediate) Care Unit specializes in delivering comprehensive care to patients who are receiving an increased level of monitoring by our nursing staff. The majority of patients treated in this area have cardiovascular or heart conditions, and may have been diagnosed with heart attack, angina (chest pain), syncope (unexplained fainting) or cardiac arrhythmia. However, any patient who may require heart monitoring would receive care in this unit.
A patient who has been critically ill in the Cardiac/Intensive Care Unit (CICU) will usually move to the Telemetry Care Unit once his or her condition stabilizes. After treatment in this area (an average of 3.2 days), a patient in improved health might be discharged directly or moved to a regular inpatient unit for a later discharge. While in the Telemetry Care Unit, our patients receive education information related to their diagnosis as well as information to access health maintenance programs.
Ridgeview’s Telemetry Care nursing staff consists of highly-trained, experienced registered nurses certified in basic and advanced cardiac life support and the interpretation of cardiac rhythms.
Specialized services for Telemetry Cardiac Care patients include:
- Telemetry—This technology enables our nursing staff to observe data collected from a patient who is linked to a heart-rhythm and oxygen-saturation monitoring device. The telemetry device transmits information about a patient’s heart to a centralized nursing station display. These machines can signal warning signs early on, which results in very timely responses by our nurses.
- Cardiac Stress Tests—A stress test ordered by a doctor can evaluate a patient’s cardiac and vascular system’s function during exercise. During the test, we connect the patient to an ECG (electrocardiograph) machine and place a blood pressure cuff on one arm. A sensor may be attached to one finger to measure oxygen levels in a patient’s blood as well.
- Holter Monitoring (Ambulatory Electrocardiography)—This equipment is portable and can monitor a patient’s heart activity continuously for 24 hours or more. It enables the patient’s physician to review irregular heart rhythms that otherwise may be difficult to detect.
- Event Recorder—A cardiac patient can utilize a portable intermittent recorder for a longer amount of time than a continuous recorder, often up to 30 days. When symptoms occur, the patient can press a button to start the ECG recording.
- Portable Cardiac-Tracking Screens—This device provides immediate tracking of patients’ heart rhythms for nurses while at the bedside.
- Pacemaker Programming—A health care professional performs this procedure with a special wand that uses radio-frequency signals to adjust pacemaker settings. The programming is painless, and eliminates the need for surgery when our patients require pacemaker adjustments.
- Decentralized Nursing Station—Our unique nursing station design features a nursing alcove for every two patient rooms. This allows our nurses to remain near their patients’ beds.
- Cardiac Teaching Program—Our education program for cardiac patients includes heart failure, heart attack, angina, pacemakers, arrhythmia and related conditions, as well as referral to Ridgeview’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program.
An Environment for Healing
Ridgeview’s Intermediate Care/Telemetry Unit features 14 private rooms. We offer special family and visitor amenities to provide comfort to our guests. These include a private consultation area, a family lounge with kitchenette and shower, computer data ports and modem access and a fireside waiting/reading area.
For more information, ask your physician about us or contact Ridgeview Cardiac Care.