The coronary care unit (CCU) is a dedicated space within the hospital for patients with acute heart problems such as heart attack, unstable angina, rhythm disturbance, cardiogenic shock (occurs when there is failure of the pump action of the heart) and for those patients who have had catheter lab procedures such as insertion of devices like pacemakers and defibrillators, and interventions such as angiograms/angioplasties.
Patients can be admitted from accident and emergency and the medical assessment unit – from home or other wards/specialist areas within the Trust. Each patient receives continuous observation, treatment and specialized care for 24 – 48 hours. This close monitoring facilitates early recognition of changes in a patient’s condition, and early intervention. It is important that a calm, quiet and relaxed environment is promoted in the area.
The unit is a high care environment with a higher ratio of nurses to patients than on a general ward. There is monitoring equipment above each bed. This is normal for this kind of unit and enables nursing staff to constantly monitor heart rhythms and other important signs, such as blood pressure and oxygen levels. Information is sent to a central monitor so staff can still see this even when not at the bedside. There are alarms on the equipment that may sound from time to time.
We want your hospital stay to be the best that it can be. Ensuring that you have the best care and treatment while you are on our ward is really important to us.