Cardiology

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Cardiology

The University of Michigan Health System is dedicated to providing comprehensive cardiovascular health services to the residents of Michigan and beyond. UMHS is proud of our strong reputation for leadership and excellence in the fields of cardiovascular research, surgery and patient care. Our long-standing commitment to exceptional care has led to the creation of a new state-of-the-art Cardiovascular Center – uniting the University’s incredible clinical and research resources, with the area’s top-quality specialists.

Join the talented nursing professionals who embody The Michigan Difference in our several cardiology units, including:

CVC- 5 Cardiovascular Center-5
A 24-bed unit, specifically designed for the quality care of intermediate cardiovascular patients. CVC-5 is a state-of-the-art facility, utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to offer the best family and patient centered care. As such, we surround patients and their families with resources, empower them to make choices and actively encourage them to participate in their care.

This unit seeks leaders in the nursing community who desire to join our mentors and preceptors in guiding nurses to maximize their technical, human, conceptual and diagnostic skills.

CVC-5 is committed to recognizing and celebrating the value all team members bring to the unit, and to helping you to maintain a balanced professional and personal experience.

4C Cardiac & General Thoracic Surgery
A 36-bed adult telemetry step-down unit specializing in the delivery of care to post-operative patients who have undergone cardio-thoracic surgeries such as heart valve replacements/repairs, coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG), left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) implants, heart and lung transplants, various lung surgeries and esophageal surgeries.

Philosophy of Care
Our philosophy on 4C is “Patients and Families First”. We support this philosophy by providing compassionate care. We pride ourselves in ongoing patient education, making sure that our patients and families understand their plan of care and participate in that plan as much as possible. This improves the patient and family outcomes and eases anxiety at the time of discharge.

7DN Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
A 10-bed unit dedicated specifically to the care of critically ill cardiovascular medicine patients (ranging from adolescents to the elderly), who are experiencing acute or chronic illness. It is the primary aim of the CICU nurses to work as members of a comprehensive health team, focused on restoring patients to an optimal level of functioning. Additionally, team members are essential in establishing and maintaining constant communication between the patient and family/significant others, as part of the overall patient care process.

Common diagnoses within the unit include: acute myocardial infarction, acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, all types of cardiomyopathy, pulmonary artery hypertension, unstable dysrhythmias, valvular disease, cardiogenic shock, septic shock, heart transplant and left ventricular assist device evaluations, heart transplant complications and multisystem organ failure.

Patients may require life support measures, continuous ECG monitoring, invasive hemodynamic monitoring, mechanical ventilation, inotropic and vasoactive drug support and aggressive medical and nursing care. Commonly seen advanced technologies include: continuous renal replacement therapy, intra-aortic balloon pumps, pulmonary artery catheters, esophageal dopplers monitoring, temporary and permanent pacemakers and invasive, induced hypothermia.

7B General Medicine/Telemetry
A 32-bed Adult Medicine Telemetry unit utilizing the nursing process to provide primary care to the complex medicine patient population who may require telemetry monitoring. Nurses complete a 6-10 week orientation including classes on basic arrhythmias and electrophysiology. Our RN staff and non-licensed technical staff provide highly skilled nursing care to our patients in an atmosphere that values individual diversity and uniqueness.

7C Cardiac Step Down Unit
A 32-bed telemetry unit serving patients whose diagnoses consist of heart failure, PTCA/stent, arrhythmias, ICD/pacemaker, pulmonary hypertension, acute coronary syndrome and myocardial infarction. Patients not only receive care for their illness but receive extensive teaching as well. Our staff consists of registered nurses and assistive personnel. Many RN staff are ACLS certified. There is a charge nurse for each shift and the day shift charge nurse rotates on a monthly basis. Each RN completes a 6-12 week orientation that consists of basic arrhythmias, management of the ACS patient, electrophysiology and interventional patients, and heart failure patients.

CVC-4 Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
A 24-bed intensive care unit comprised of adult patients who have recently undergone or, in some instances, are to undergo cardiovascular surgery. The CV-ICU provides technologically advanced care, through a highly integrated and cooperative effort of the nursing staff, physicians and other allied health professionals.

The staff of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit will provide excellent nursing care with respect, compassion, and knowledge to the critically ill patient and their family. Through professional collaboration with other health team members, evidence based practice and guidance from the American Association of Critical Care Nursing Standards, we strive to achieve distinction in a caring, safe, and supportive environment.

Prevalent diagnoses within CV-ICU include: valvular stenosis or insufficiency, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, abdominal and thoracic aneurysms, and end-stage chronic obstructive disease (COPD).

Common treatments provided include: valve replacement or repair, coronary revascularization, ventricular assist devices (VAD), heart transplantation, open and endoscopic aneurysm repair, lung transplantation and reduction pneumoplasty.