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asked in category: General Last Updated: 27th February, 2020

What is cardiac PCU?

The Heart and Vascular Progressive Care Unit is a 15-bed telemetry unit that cares for patients admitted to the vascular surgery, medical cardiology, or cardiac and thoracic surgery services.

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Keeping this in consideration, what does the PCU do?

The Progressive Care Unit or PCU is a telemetry (vital signs) monitored unit that provides care for adult patients requiring continuous cardiac monitoring. Patients arrive from the Emergency Department, Cath Lab, Operating Room or are transferred from ICU or Medical Surgical Units.

Also, what kind of patients are in PCU? Our PCU staff members are specially trained to provide advanced care to patients suffering from a range of critical conditions, including:

  • Heart attack, defibrillator or pacemaker implant or other cardiac condition.
  • Stroke.
  • Cancer or orthopaedic surgery.
  • Severe pneumonia.
  • Sepsis or other serious or systemic infection.

Thereof, is PCU considered critical care?

ICU is critical care and PCU, or progressive care, is considered an intermediate level of care based on The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services definitions. Telemetry is a technology, not a level of care. Most professionals might refer to CMS as “Medicare” and use these two terms interchangeably.

Is PCU the same as step down?

The PCU nurse is sometimes also called a step-down nurse and the PCU is also known as cardiac stepdown, medical stepdown, neuro stepdown, surgical stepdown and ER holding.

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