The Telemetry Unit at BMC is designed for the best patient care for people who have had heart attacks or heart disease.
The unit is staffed with highly-trained cardiac nurses and equipped with a state-of-the-art cardiac monitoring system that allows patients to move about the floor while remotely sending heart rate and rhythm data to the nurses' stations.
The monitoring system is also interconnected elsewhere in the hospital. This gives the physician greater flexibility and the patient better care, when, for example, a cardiologist can look at a screen in Telemetry and see first-hand a patient's heart rhythm when the patient is in the Emergency Department.
The nurses on the Telemetry Unit are specially trained to recognize abnormal rhythms. They must successfully complete the intensive Arrhythmia Course and the Coronary Course. Most of these nurses continue their education and complete the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Course.