6 Tower (6T)
6 Tower (6T)
About the Unit
6T is a 34-bed unit, including 4 intermediate / step-down beds. 6T is located in the Tower Building on the sixth floor. It is open 24-hours- a-day, 7-days-a-week.
Head Nurse: Tracey Hawkins, BSN, RN
Case Manager: George Acenas, RN
There are 2-3 critical care technicians each shift who assist with basic patient care. There is a unit secretary on each shift to perform data entry and secretarial duties.
The 6T nursing staff cares for adult medical cardiology, pre and post heart transplant and medical-surgical patients ages 18 years through the lifespan. Patients cared for in this unit have a variety of cardiac-related diseases including congestive heart failure (CHF), use of ventricular assist devices, angina, myocardial infarction and arrhythmias. Patients may also have secondary diagnoses such as diabetes, respiratory diseases, anemia, and renal disease: this list is not all-inclusive.
Patient Care Needs
Patients on 6T receive 1:3 to 1:6 nursing care. Patients may require cardiac monitoring and interpretation, intermittent 12-lead EKG, and / or intravenous pharmacological agents such as dobutamine, heparin, lidocaine, dopamine, lasix, milrinone, natracor, reopro, intregrillin. Patients requiring intermediate care are also provided with continuous direct cardiac monitoring, continuous pulse oximetry and additional intravenous pharmaceutical agents which may include nitroglycerin, pronestyl, cardizem and amiodarone. Patients may also require frequent nursing and ancillary service intervention. Blood transfusions, dietary consultation, and physical and occupational therapy services are provided as ordered.
About Our Nurses
Nursing care is provided by professional registered nurses competent in the care of medical cardiology patients. Competencies include, but are not limited to:
- Telemetry certification
- I.V. certification
- Management of left ventricular assist devices
- Defibrillation / cardioversion
- Management of pre- and post-heart transplant patients
- Management of anti-arrhythmic and vasoactive drugs
- Pain management
- Implementing research protocols
- Provision of respiratory treatments