The Heart Station & Heart Monitoring Unit departments provide state-of-the-art diagnostic, interventional and therapeutic care to both inpatients and outpatients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are part of a multidisciplinary support service in cardiovascular disease preventions, wellness and rehabilitation networking. Our network includes urban & rural physicians across the state including hospital providers of cardiovascular services.
The Heart Station & Heart Monitoring Unit is a service offered to adult and pediatric patients where there is a suspicion of heart rhythm problems associated with various diseases of the heart. The Heart Monitoring Unit technicians are required to have CCT certification through Cardiovascular Credentialing International.
Three of the main services offered:
- Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
- A test that records the electrical activity of the heart, shows abnormal rhythms (arrhythmias or dysrhythmias), and detects heart muscle damage.
- Holter Monitor recording
- A small, portable, battery-powered ECG machine worn by a patient to record heartbeats over a period of 12 to 24 hours - during normal activities. At the end of the time period, the monitor is returned to the physician's office to be read and evaluated.
- Stress Test (usually with ECG; also called treadmill or exercise ECG)
- A test that is given while a patient walks on a treadmill or pedals a stationary bike to monitor the heart during exercise. Breathing and blood pressure rates are also monitored. A stress test may be used to detect coronary artery disease, and/or to determine safe levels of exercise following a heart attack or heart surgery.
Echocardiogram Laboratory is an ancillary testing unit that provides diagnostic cardiac ultrasound services to adult and pediatric patients including transthoracic echo, dobutamine and exercise stress echos and transesophageal echo. The Echo Lab also provides a range of more sophisticated technologies and procedures that are not available at other facilities that include IntraCardiac imaging (ICE), perfusion contrast imaging and atrioventricular optimization.
The echo labs are accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL). All nurses in the department are ACLS certified and all sonographers are credentialed by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.(ARDMS).
Electrophysiology and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Renovated in 2008, the labs now have new state-of-the-art equipment. The preoperative and postoperative areas now all have private rooms. City-wide pagers are now used to notify a patient’s family of updates and consultation availability. Implementing the pager system allows a patient’s family freedom to enjoy the campus, healing gardens, gift shops and the city of Omaha while waiting for procedure completion.
Both the Electrophysiology and Cardiac Catheterization Labs have Cardiovascular Technician and nursing staff that are specially trained. Both labs encourage staff to be credentialed by Cardiovascular Credentialing International as either a Registered Cardiovascular Electrophysiology Specialist (RCES) or a Registered Cardiovascular Interventionalists Specialist (RCIS).
Procedures in labs range from pacemaker & defibrillator implantations to complex heart studies in the Catheterization Lab to diagnosing and treating blocked arteries and other mechanical problems such as valve disease.
A cardiac rehabilitation program is designed to meet the needs of the individual patient, depending upon the specific heart problem or disease. Active involvement of the patient and family is vital to the success of the program.
The goal of cardiac rehabilitation is to help the patient return to the highest level of function and independence possible, while improving the overall quality of life - physically, emotionally, and socially.
CPCU Cardiac Progressive Care Unit
The Cardiac Progressive Care Unit is a state-of-the-art unit with 49 private rooms, central and decentralized nursing stations, education and conference rooms designed to maximize efficiency for staff and promote continuity of care for patients. This universal design was based on input from our patients and their families, as well as the nursing, pharmacy and medical staff.
Registered nurses are accountable for all aspects of patient care and are assisted by unit clerks, patient care technicians, team leaders, case managers, a clinical nurse specialists and a clinical education coordinator. In addition to unit resources, the Cardiac Progressive Care Unit works closely with a multidisciplinary team consisting of dedicated social workers, pharmacists, cardiac rehabilitation nurses, highly-specialized cardiologists and thoracic surgeons. Nurses are ALCS certified; they receive specialized training and expertise to manage patients with art lines, swan ganz catheters and numerous titratable cardiac drips.
The Cardiac Progressive Care Unit provides an intermediate level of care to cardiac patients with a variety of diagnoses, including coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, myocardial infraction, angina and arrhythmias. Post-operative care is provided to patients that have undergone open heart surgery, heart catherization/angioplasty, stents, heart transplantation and placement of pacemakers and defibrillators.