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Specialized Critical Care

Catheterization Lab Outpatient Unit
The Cath Lab Outpatient unit provides care for pre-and post- cardiac, neurovascular, and electrophysiology diagnostic and interventional procedures. The highly skilled registered nurses within this unit are Advanced Cardiac Life Support certified, and are also specially trained to provide comprehensive care for these various types of procedures. Generally, diagnostic patients are discharged home after only a few hours of recovery and post procedure monitoring.

The staff provides the patient with individualized care that includes pre- and post procedure education and care instructions such as pain management, incision site care and monitoring, new medications, and follow up physician appointments. The personalized care begins with a pre-procedure phone call to the patient to review procedure instructions. During that time, the patient or family member is given the opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns that they may have prior to their arrival. In addition, the patients are provided with a follow up phone call to assess a patient’s progress and answer any additional questions that they may have.

3-G Progressive Care Unit
Patients receiving cardiac care at SJMO are treated according to their specific, individual health care needs. The 30-bed progressive care unit is for adult and geriatric patients with a cardiac diagnosis requiring telemetry monitoring. Patients receive care from SJMO’s multi-disciplinary team, consisting of registered nurse care managers, patient care associates, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

The unit specializes in post-cardiac intervention, post-CABG patients from the Adult Intensive Care Unit (AICU), arrhythmias, congestive heart failure (CHF) and post-AICD and pacemaker insertions.

Coronary Care Unit (CCU)/Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Patients receiving heart care at SJMO will be comforted to know that there are two critical care units dedicated to the comprehensive, compassionate care of critically ill patients with a primary cardiac diagnosis. Cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, critical care physician intensivists, and critical care nurses with advance training in intensive
care staff the state-of-the-art,  18-bed intensive care unit (ICU), and the 13-bed coronary care unit (CCU). Both units ensure that patients move seamlessly through the hospital, receive continuous monitoring and care toward a healthy discharge.

Most patients in the CCU are admitted with acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), coronary insufficiency, arrhythmia and congestive heart failure, and into the ICU following cardiac surgery. The care provided by this multidisciplinary team has positively impacted the outcomes of some of the most acutely ill patients.


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