5 West | Telemetry/Primary Stroke Center
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.
Types of Patients Served
5 West serves all adult and geriatric patients with the following diagnosis:
- 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.
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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