I found out today that I am precepting on a cardiovascular surgery unit. The unit has 24 beds and 6 of them are for vascular stepdown-patients. In addition, this unit will utilize telemetry monitoring. It's not quite the ICU like I wanted, but I did have a chance to go to a CVSU unit during my critical care rotation and I really enjoyed it. Nurse
atient ratio on this floor is 1:3.
Here is the actual description of the unit:
...An 18 bed cardiac telemetry unit specializing in the care of the post-op cardiovascular surgical patient. The vascular step-down unit is a 6 bed intermediate care unit specializing in the care of the post-op vascular surgical patient.
Any tips or things I should review that will be helpful on a CVSU/vasc-stepdown unit? Obviously know my EKG rhythms, cardiac drugs, knowledge about cardiac surgery procedures and how to care for post-op cardiac patients. Are drips common on these types of units? Any insight would be appreciated!