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D4/5 - Progressive Care Unit

D4/5 - Progressive Care Unit - Departments & Programs, UW Hospital and Clinics, Heart and Vascular Care (HVC), HVC Nursing


Unit Overview 

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. Also known as the "HVC Progressive Unit," it has general and intermediate care beds, providing a wide range of nursing care for patients with chronic and acute disease processes that require medical or surgical treatment, including catheterization. 

Common Diagnoses 

The HVC Progressive Unit is home to the vascular surgery service, which admits patients needing:

Bypass grafting for limb salvage and percutaneous transluminal angioplasty is performed in addition to various medical treatment options. The unit also cares for patients from the following services:

Typical Services, Treatment and Procedures 

The HVC Progressive Unit provides quality care to all its patient populations through a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach. Comprehensive, professional patient care is provided during the inpatient stay, followed by personalized discharge planning to meet outpatient needs. 

The unit provides care for specific patient populations needing arterial blood pressure monitoring or cardiac monitoring (i.e. post-operative carotid endarterectomy, carotid stent, endovascular AAA repair) in addition to other surgical care. 

The unit supports the hospital's educational mission by acting as a clinical site for nursing, pharmacy and medical students. The attending physicians oversee resident physicians who provide coverage of all patients admitted to the various services of the unit.