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B4/5 - Cardiothoracic Acuity Adaptable Unit

B4/5 - Cardiothoracic Acuity Adaptable Unit - Departments & Programs, UW Hospital and Clinics, Heart and Vascular Care (HVC), HVC Nursing


Unit Overview 

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Unit is a 27-bed "acuity adaptable" or "universal care" unit providing care to adult patients from a variety of specialty areas, including cardiothoracic surgery and transplantation. The patient population range is 18 years and older, with the majority being older adult patients. 

Common Diagnoses 

The majority of patients in our unit are immediate post-surgical inpatients who have undergone coronary artery bypass, valve replacement (aortic, mitral, pulmonic), valve repair (aortic, pulmonic, tricuspid, mitral), thoracotomy for wedge resection, pneumonectomy, lobectomy, or esophagogastrectomy. 

In addition, our team treats transplant patients (heart, lung, or heart/lung) during all phases of treatment. Patients are generally admitted directly from the Operating Room or through the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, Emergency Room or directly from a hospital clinic. Some patients are transferred from a referring facility or from other units as patient condition warrants. 

All rooms on this unit are "acuity adaptable," meaning that the patients' needs are met in the same room regardless of general care, IMC, or ICU level status. Nursing staff practice across the continuum and equipment comes to the patient making patient room transfers unnecessary. 

Typical Services, Treatment and Procedures 

Professional interventions include, but are not limited to: