The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Cardiovascular Medicine inpatient unit is comprised of a newly remodeled, seven-bed Coronary Care Unit, 4 bed Intermediate Care Unit, and 25 telemetry beds, accommodating approximately 1,700 admissions per year, with 40 percent admitted via the Coronary Care Unit. Patients predominantly require tertiary care, with a growing community base. A multidisciplinary approach is taken to patient care, emphasizing excellent medical services and careful attention to patient education, cardiac rehabilitation and social services.
The Coronary Care Unit includes full invasive and noninvasive monitoring, mechanical ventilation and intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation. Telemetry beds are staffed to provide most intravenous pharmacologic therapies without a Coronary Care Unit stay. The unit is adjacent to the Cardiothoracic Surgical Unit, providing ready access to ventricular assist devices and transplantation services. All cardiac diagnostic, interventional and surgical services are available 24 hours a day.
The unit is staffed by two inpatient services composed of cardiovascular medicine faculty, fellows, residents, interns and medical students. A separate procedure service exists in parallel, staffed by interventional cardiologists and nurses. Similarly, a dedicated heart failure/transplant service is staffed by heart failure/transplant cardiologists, nurse practitioners and registered nurses. Educational opportunities are also provided to trainees in nursing, pharmacy, nutritional services and preventive cardiology. Teaching rounds are held daily.
Many clinical research opportunities center on the Coronary Care Unit and inpatients, including a broad variety of multicenter trials in acute coronary syndromes, thrombosis and anticoagulation, novel pharmacologic therapies for atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, reperfusion injury, viability enhancement, acute heart failure, primary coronary interventions and new coronary and peripheral interventional devices.
Inpatient and outpatient consultations are available 24/7. The service is staffed by faculty, nurse practioners, fellows and residents. Its goal is to facilitate the care of all patients with known or suspected cardiovascular disease.
The full range of inpatient services is also offered at Meriter Hospital. Faculty staff the coronary care unit and step down unit and provide 24/7 consultative services.
PREP Center for Inpatient Transfers
Heidi Norwick, RN, MSN
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792
Phone: (800) 472-0111 or (608) 263-6796