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Coronary Care Unit



Patients in Baptist Health Lexington's coronary care unit (CCU) receive skilled, compassionate care from nurses who are trained to care for critically ill heart patients.

About the Unit

When Baptist Health Lexington opened our CCU in the 1960s, we were the first hospital in Kentucky to offer a special critical care unit for heart patients. Since then, we have continued to upgrade our unit to provide state-of-the-art care to patients recovering from heart attacks. Our CCU features all private rooms with glass walls to allow nurses to observe patients. In addition, both physiological and hemodynamic monitors allow vital signs to be monitored at all times. The unit is staffed by nurses who are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and have at last one year of critical care nursing experience. A full-time patient educator is available to work with both patients and their families.

Visitation

Family support can be very important to a patient's recovery. CCU staff works with families to allow as much visiting time as possible. Please check with the staff about time and visiting guidelines. We try to include families and significant others into our patients' care and education whenever possible.

Children under 10 are usually not allowed to visit patients in the CCU; however, exceptions will be made under special circumstances, such as terminal illness.

Waiting Area

A family waiting area is located outside the unit. There is a phone in the waiting room. Feel free to give this number to your other family members and friends: (859) 260-6496. An intercom system is also available so you can speak directly with the nursing staff, when needed.

If you should leave the waiting area, you may leave a number where you can be reached with the unit nurse, in case there is a change in the condition of your family member.