Cardiac Inpatient Services
Patient Care Units
The Maimonides Heart & Vascular Center offers top quality cardiac care to our patients and is now considered one of the premier programs for heart disease in the country. To best serve our culturally diverse patient base, our cardiac team consists of a multi-lingual staff that utilizes a “team approach”. To ensure comprehensive treatment, the staff works in a partnership between referring doctors, cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and professional staff.
With highly skilled ACLS accredited nurses, patients receive the highest level of care from admission to discharge.
To expedite the admission of cardiac patients to the most appropriate unit, a registered nurse works closely with the E.D. Admitting Office, attending physicians’ and the various cardiac units to oversee the admission of patients to our inpatient units for diagnosis and treatment. This “Chest Pain Nurse” works with the ED after patients have been identified for admission. This early identification and admission speeds up care and allows our patients to go home sooner. The Chest Pain nurse also assists with patients having heart attacks to get them to the cath lab as quickly as possible to restore bloodflow to the heart.
Maimonides has invested millions of dollars in facilities and equipment to care for cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery patients. These include several intensive care units, where patients are cared for and monitored in individual suites that provide maximum privacy. Windowed walls and doors allow patients to be quietly observed from the central nursing stations.
Advanced Cardiac Care and Interventional Unit
The Advanced Cardiac Care and Interventional Unit (ACCI) serves nearly 2500 patients a year. Patients are admitted here the morning of their angiogram, stent or electrophysiology procedure. Patients may also be admitted from their doctors office or transferred from other medical facilities to this unit to prepare for and recover from diagnostic and interventional cardiology procedures (for a list of diagnostic procedures, click here). Individuals receiving outpatient care come in for pre-admission testing before a scheduled procedure to have blood work and other diagnostic assessments completed. Education regarding their cardiac condition begins here. Most patients are released less than 24 hours after a procedure. Upon discharge, all patients receive personalized instructions for follow-up care, and phone numbers to call if they have questions. All ACCI patients are carefully followed up with a call by a registered nurse one to two days after discharge.
Progressive Coronary Care Unit
In the 54-bed Progressive Coronary Care Unit (PCCU), patients receive continuous wireless cardiac monitoring, as well as extensive cardiac education on how to maintain their health and reduce their cardiac risk factors. A team of cardiologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, nutritionists, physical therapists, social workers and case managers collaborate daily to assist the patient and family to a safe transition home.
Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Adult patients experiencing coronary problems receive highly specialized care in the 10-bed Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU). The interdisciplinary team utilizes a compassionate, family-centered approach and state of the art technology to treat the cardiac patient. The CICU (along with the FDNY/EMS and the E.D) participates in a New York City state-wide program in Therapeutic Hypothermia Management after a cardiac arrest.
Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit
The Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU) provides expert care and treatment to patients who have undergone various open heart procedures. The CTICU is a collaborative practice where cardiothoracic surgeons, fellows, NP’s and RN’s provide close observation during a patient’s recovery. When patients are admitted directly from the operating room, their progress is monitored by the latest clinical information systems, offering extensive treatment options for patients recovering from surgery. The CTICU team not only uses its extensive resources to help people in the Brooklyn community, but in has also crossed international borders to set up a program in Guyana to treat the local population.