8 North: 615-322-0948; 8 South: 615-322-0496
SCOPE OF CARE:
· Inpatient Medicine is comprised of two 28-bed units (8 North and 8 South),
· All patients admitted are 17 years of age or older.
· All rooms are private. There are 4 negative pressure rooms for patients with airborne precautions. There are 18 cardiac (telemetry) monitoring transmitters available on the 8th floor. Chemotherapy can be administered on 8 South (rooms 8204-8232).
· Adult patients may be admitted with a variety of medical diagnoses involving, but not limited to, the pulmonary system, oncology, circulatory system, the endocrine system, renal system, hematological system, gastrointestinal system, infectious diseases, neurological system, dermatological disorders, and rheumatological disorders. Our patients come from the greater
Scope and Complexity
Diagnoses, which are most often treated on 8th Floor, include, but are not limited to: congestive heart failure, primary pulmonary hypertension, cancer, diabetes, pneumonia, cellulitis, HIV and related diseases, tuberculosis, copd, pneumonia, hypertension, renal failure, liver failure, sickle cell crisis, atrial fibrillation, syncope, peripheral vascular disease, altered mental status, cerebrovascular accident, seizure disorder, sclera derma, failure to thrive, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome
Level of Care Provided
The 8th Floor Inpatient Medical Unit provides acute care, which includes telemetry and the administration of chemotherapeutic agents.
· Patients who may be admitted and treated on 8th floor who require telemetry monitoring include patients with chest pain with no EKG changes and no cardiac enzyme elevation and who are at low risk of developing a malignant or lethal dysrhythmia. Other patients requiring telemetry monitoring include patients being initiated on certain medications, patients with syncope or near syncope or patients with known or suspected cardiac dysrhythmias
· Flolan initiation and continuation with close monitoring and education provided by the primary pulmonary hypertension nurse case manager
· Isolation/Precautions to prevent the spread of diseases and to protect patient who are at risk of developing infections, i.e. patients with thrombocytopenia
· Assistance with various procedures performed by physicians, i.e. thoracentesis, paracentesis, insertion of chest tubes, insertion of central venous catheters, examinations, bone marrow biopsies and lumbar punctures.
· Medication administration by various routes in accordance with hospital policy and education of the patient and, when appropriate, the patient’s family regarding medications and treatments being provided
· Preparation of patients for various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures done in other departments, i.e. radiology, surgical services, etc.