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Telemetry Neighborhood

Our Goal
"To provide an environment where the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of acutely ill patients are met by delivering compassionate, comprehensive care through complex, highly skilled medical, nursing and supportive services." 

The Telemetry Neighborhood at Glendale Adventist Medical Center is composed of five distinct units for a total of 150 beds. The units are designed to embrace the Family-Centered Care model. Some units can accommodate a family member at bedside 24-hours a day, encouraging them to become actively involved in the support and care of the patient.

Staffing of Telemetry Units
Staffing core of the telemetry units composed of RNs, monitor technicians, unit secretaries, and nursing assistants. Nursing care model in these units is primary nursing. Each unit is staffed according to patient acuity with a usual nurse-to-patient ratio of 1:4. There is an assigned head nurse on eight-hour shifts Monday through Friday and a charge nurse to relieve nurses for meal breaks on each telemetry unit. In the event of an unanticipated emergency, the critical care supervisor may be called for help.

The director/head nurse is responsible 24-hours a day for smooth operation of the units. There is a transport nurse on duty during the week on day shift to transport patients to radiology department for tests and procedures and a post- interventional nurse to stabilize patients from cardiac catheterization laboratory. Telemetry RNs are required to be certified in a critical care course, ACLS, and basic EKG course. Order entry, medication administration recording, and documentation are done via Cerner Clinical Information System. Shift report is given via Voice Care Program.

Cardiac Interventional Telemetry Unit (CITU)
This 24-bed unit
specializes in the care of critically ill adult pre- and post-cardiac surgical and interventional patients. Common diagnoses and conditions include:

  • MI, CHF, chest pain, pre and post open heart surgery
  • Cardiac angiographies, PTCA/STENT and cardiac arrhythmias

Special procedures include:

  • Thrombolytic therapy, anticoagulation therapy, external and transvenous temporary pacemaker insertion
  • Cardioversion, defibrillation, managing chest tubes, central venous, and post-interventional arterial lines

Neuro Telemetry Unit (NTU)
This 24-bed unit specializes in the care of critically ill adult patients with acute primary neurological diagnoses requiring close monitoring and neuro checks. Common neuroscience diagnoses and conditions include:

  • Traumatic injuries, cerebrovascular disorders, seizure disorders, central nervous turmors
  • Degenerative disorders, autoimmune disorders, central nervous system infections and pre- and post-neurosurgical conditions

Cardiac Telemetry Unit (CTU)
CTU is a 34-bed unit specializes in the care of critically ill adult cardiac, medical and surgical patients. Common diagnoses and conditions include:

  • R/O MI, CHF, chest pain, pre- and post-operative care
  • Hypertension, renal failure, diabetes, cardiomyopathy, cardiac arrhythmias and GI bleeds

Special procedures include:

  • Thrombolytic therapy, anticoagulation therapy, external and transvenous temporary pacemaker insertion
  • Implanted cardiac defibrillator, cardioversion, defibrillation, managing chest tubes, central venous, and post-interventional arterial lines

Pulmonary Telemetry Unit (PTU)
This 34-bed unit specializes in the care of critically ill adult pulmonary patients who may also need ventilator support. Common diagnoses and conditions include:

  • Pneumonia, respiratory failure, respiratory isolations, asthma
  • Emphysema, bronchitits, pulmonary edema
  • Pleural effusion, COPD and pulmonary emoblism
  • This was the first nursing unit constructed at GAMC to adapt the Family-Centered Care model

Surgical Telemetry Unit (STU)
This 34-bed unit specializes in the care of critically ill adult surgical patients who may also need ventilator support. Common diagnoses and conditions include:

  • Cholecystectomy, bowel resections, renal failure, laminectomy, hip/knee surgeries, vascular surgeries, angiographies and drug overdose
  • Thrombolytic therapy and anticoagulation therapy
  • Cardioversion, defibrillation, managing chest tubes and central venous lines
  • STU was fully refurbished in 2008