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Telemetry is a technology that allows remote measurement and reporting of information. Patients in this unit include individuals who are at risk for having a heart attack, or recovering from a cardiac event or cardiac-related surgery. Each patient on the unit is connected to telemetry equipment that monitors the activity of the heart and transmits the data to a central nurses' station, where medical personnel can respond immediately. The telemetry unit provides continuous 24-hour-a-day monitoring of cardiac patients.
Cardiac Observation Unit
This unit serves patients who need short-term treatment for an emergent condition, such as chest pain, or overnight observation for a cardiac catheterization. The average stay in the Cardiac Observation Unit is 23 hours. Littleton Adventist Hospital was the first hospital in Colorado to be designated a nationally accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
This means a specially-trained team follows advanced protocols to closely monitor patients experiencing chest pain. The hospital was accredited in 2005 and re-accredited in 2008. Littleton Adventist Hospital is Joint Commission certified in acute coronary syndrome. The hospital is also the recipient of the "Get With the Guidelines" Heart Failure Gold Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
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