Cardiovascular Observation Unit
Central Baptist's cardiovascular observation unit provides safe, cost-effective care to patients receiving diagnostic heart procedures such as cardiac caths.
Located in the hospital's Baptist Heart & Vascular Institute, the 29-bed unit is staffed by registered nurses and nursing assistants.
Patients who are going to receive a diagnostic heart cath or an electrophysiology study are admitted directly to the unit. There, they are prepared for the procedure. After the cath or EP study is completed, patients return to the unit where they recover before going home.
Telemetry units allow vital signs to be monitored at all times and check for potential cardiac arrhythmias after the procedure.
Family members may remain with the patient before and after the procedure.