Departmental Scope of Services

5 West is a 25-bed Telemetry Unit comprised of semi-private and private rooms. The unit has the distinction of being certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). The team is comprised of a Patient Care Coordinator, Registered Nurse, and a Certified Nursing Assistant who work as a team to provide optimal care to our patient population. There is a separate monitoring room where all telemetry patients are monitored 24 hours a day by the monitor techs.

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Types of Patients Served

5 West serves all adult and geriatric patients with the following diagnosis:

  • Stroke/TIA
  • Pre and post head/neck surgery
  • Pre and post-cardiac cath procedures, including angioplasty and stent placements, pacers and AICD’s
  • Post MI
  • Cardiac dysrhythmia requiring drug therapy or adjustment
  • Pre-cardiac surgery
  • Neurologic disorders requiring cardiac monitoring

Overview of Department Services

5 West has a multidisciplinary team approach in identifying needs and planning care for our patients. The team consists of the Patient Care Coordinator, R.N., Case Manager, Social Worker, Pastoral Care representative and O.T./P.T. Rounds are presented every morning with the R.N. reviewing each patient under his or her care, then receiving input from each area to develop an appropriate plan of care.

Staffing Model

5 West follows a staffing grid based on hours per patient day and average daily census. Ideally, our ratios are 4 patients to 1 R.N for day shift and 5:1 during nights. Assignments are given based on acuity.

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