The Progressive Care unit at Banner Gateway Medical Center helps ease a patient’s transition from Intensive Care or surgery to recovery. When a patient is admitted to the unit, his/her physician and other caregivers have decided he/she is ready to move to the next level of care. The patient requires less supplemental oxygen, is eating, and is able to increase his/her activity level. Continuous bedside monitoring and one-on-one nursing is no longer required; a sign the patient is doing well.
During continuous cardiac monitoring on the Progressive Care unit, patients typically wear a heart monitor (a small box that weighs less than one pound) that sends signals to the nurses' station where a technician observes the heart rate and rhythm. Nurses monitor vital signs, weight measurements and fluid levels to provide the best standard of care.
Progressive Care nurses have chosen to specialize in the treatment of heart patients. They receive ongoing education in this specialty area. The increased level of monitoring that happens in the unit means patients may be attached to machines not found in typical hospital suites. Progressive Care nurses strive to make each patient as comfortable as possible during their stay.
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