Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Dr Fionnuala Lavin, Consultant in Cardiovascular Medicine at Mayo University Hospital.

A new dedicated Cardiac Care Unit has opened at Mayo University Hospital.

The Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) was developed as part of the hospital’s Covid-19 planning and has resulted in an increase of twelve monitored specialist cardiology beds.

Four of the beds are in the CCU and with newly installed telemetry technology, a further eight beds are based in other medical wards in the hospital where patients will have their cardiac monitoring carried out remotely. These developments have increased the level of monitored bed capacity in MUH by 150%.

Commenting, Consultant in Cardiovascular Medicine, Dr Fionnuala Lavin said, “This dedicated cardiac care space and additional capacity to monitor cardiac patients allows us to provide the highest level of care to our cardiac patients. To date, 90 patients have been admitted to this new unit and have received this specialised critical care service and have had access to prompt cardiac investigative tests and treatment.

“We want to assure our patients that we will be prioritising their safety and that of our staff as we continue to gradually increase the number of clinics and patients treated in the hospital. I would again urge anyone with symptoms of serious illness such as heart attack or stroke to ensure that they do not ignore these symptoms and that they present to the Emergency Department promptly,” Dr Lavin added.

Hospital Manager Catherine Donohoe says that the unit is an important development.

“It will result in higher quality patient-centred care and standardised management for all cardiac patients presenting to MUH. I am really proud of the efforts staff have made from all departments in making this a success, including but not limited to, medical, nursing, clinical engineering and our maintenance staff.

“This unit will be supported by telemetry in the next number of weeks. This means that we will be able to take cardiac patients back from University Hospital Galway in a more timely and safe way. It will also mean that patients won’t have to be transferred to the Intensive Care Unit for complex infusions and this will maintain ICU capacity for critically ill patients. We will also be recruiting more coronary care nurses to support this service.”

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