The Mount Sinai Heart nurses have specialized skills in the following disciplines of Heart/Cardiology:
- Arrhythmia and Heart Rhythm Disorders: Our nurses and nurse practitioners have specialized training and advanced skills in the care of patients with heart rhythm conditions and those undergoing minimally invasive procedures in our Electrophysiology Lab, including:
- Expertise in EKG interpretation
- Expertise with the latest equipment and technology
- Specialized patient assessment skills for diagnostic or treatment procedures
- Proficiency with sedation
- Advanced cardiac life support certification
At our Arrhythmia Service, there is one nurse for every two patients who allows our nurses to give each patient personalized attention and very close monitoring. Whether you are receiving a pacemaker or having a more complex electrophysiology procedure, from the moment you enter the Arrhythmia Service unit, our nurses will be at your side guiding you through every step of the patient experience.
- Coronary Artery Disease: A one-to-four nurse-patient ratio allows each nurse to monitor our coronary artery disease patients closely and frequently. The nursing staff rounds hourly on each patient, meticulously assessing their patient vital signs, symptoms, stability, comfort, and satisfaction. Many patients have continuous monitoring of their heart rhythm. Mount Sinai Heart's telemetry nurses and nurse practitioners have advanced training and expertise in electrocardiogram (EKG) interpretation, and are ready to intervene immediately if abnormal heart rhythms do occur.
- Heart Failure & Transplantation: Heart failure nurses and nurse practitioners at Mount Sinai Heart work with each patient and their family to develop an individualized plan of care, and will ensure that you understand your condition, and know exactly what you can do to manage it in addition their medical care. Patient education by nurses starts in the exam room or at the bedside of a hospitalized heart failure patient, and continues during follow-up appointments in the outpatient setting. When you are ready to go home, our nurses will make sure that you and your caregivers have all the medications, tools, knowledge, follow- up appointments, and support at home that you need to stay healthy.
- Interventional Cardiology/Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory: Mount Sinai Heart has one of the leading cardiac catheterization laboratories in the country, delivering the highest quality care to its patients. Nurses, according to Samin Sharma, MD, Director of Clinical and Interventional Cardiology at The Mount Sinai Hospital are the "backbone of the Catha Lab" supporting the operation of the entire team. Each nurse has electrocardiogram (EKG) and telemetry expertise, has completed a critical care course, is ACLS and BCLS certified, proficient in sedation, and experienced in the use of the complex tools involved in angioplasty. Cath Lab nurses work under established protocols together with physicians to achieve the best patient outcomes.
- Cardiac Care Unit (CCU): The highly skilled and educated nurses of the CCU have specialized training and expertise in mechanical ventilation, advanced hemodynamic monitoring, pacemakers, and other technologies that critically ill heart patients may require, such as intra-aortic balloon pumps or ventricular assist devices. Also, many of the nurses are certified in their clinical practice area of critical care and work in close collaboration with physicians and other medical staff to provide seamless , high-quality, and compassionate care to patients through Mount Sinai's unique relationship centered care nursing practice model. In January 2014, the nursing team of the CCU received the prestigious "Beacon Award for Excellence" from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). Only a handful of Critical Care units in New York State have received this high honor, which recognizes caregivers for consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizing patient outcomes.
- Non-invasive Cardiology/Cardiac Imaging: Nurses are an integral part of a team of physicians and technicians in Cardiac Imaging. Our highly professional and accomplished nurses experienced in Cardiac Imaging use their advanced skills in combination with the patient's physical exam and medical history taking skills to ensure that stress testing and other non-invasive cardiac imaging tests are performed safely and accurately. They also provide patient education before, during, and after each test procedure, and will guide each patient and their family through each necessary cardiac imaging experience.
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