John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan
New C4 Telemetry Unit Opens at Detroit VA
On December 1st, the Detroit VA Healthcare System took another enormous leap forward in terms of excellence in care for our critical patients, when the C4 Cardiac Telemetry Unit opened. This is a 9-med fully monitored unit for cardiac patients.
A telemetry unit is a unit in a hospital where patients are under continuous electronic monitoring. Telemetry is the practice of sending electronic signals from one place to another and it allows hospital staff to monitor things like heart rate, heart rhythm, breathing and other things both at the patient’s bedside and in a specially equipped nurse’s station.
With the addition of this unit, this brings the total number of monitored beds in the Detroit VA, to 29. The Detroit VA now has four specialty monitoring units: A3N Med-Telemetry, C4 Cardiac Telemetry, C4 Stepdown and A2 ICU.
Not only does the new unit free up space for the more critical patients in the ICU, it also provides stable cardiac patients with a specially trained level of care that wasn’t previously available here at our medical center.