The Cardiovascular Unit (2C) at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre provides inpatient care mostly to patients who have had a cardiac event, who require further tests and observation, who have had or are preparing for surgery, and/or who are recovering from surgery. The unit is also equipped to accept other inpatients as needed to maximize bed use within the Health Sciences Centre. The Cardiovascular Unit contains 36 inpatient beds, plus has an additional six-bed PCI (angioplasty) recovery unit.
What to Expect
Pre-Admission and Getting Ready for Surgery
If you will be admitted to the Cardiovascular Unit for surgery, please refer to the Surgical Services page for more information about what you need to know.
Catheterization Lab Tests
If you will be admitted to the Cardiovascular Unit for tests or procedures in the Catheterization (Cath) Lab, please refer to the Cath Lab page for more information about what you need to know.
More information about angioplasty at the Health Sciences Centre can be found on the Angioplasty Program page.
Meet Your Cardiovascular Team
Your cardiovascular team is made up of many healthcare providers specializing in cardiovascular care. All have completed advanced training in their fields to ensure the best possible care for our patients.
Your cardiologist will be your most responsible physician (MRP) or will be consulted to see you while under the care of another physician while you are admitted to the Cardiovascular Unit. He or she will oversee all aspects of your care and recovery, providing the care plan to the rest of the care team to ensure your best recovery.
Nurse practitioners on the Cardiovascular Unit provide ongoing assessments for patients, help in developing a care plan, and provide information to patients and their families. They work closely with other team members to ensure excellent, consistent care.
Nurses with advanced training in cardiovascular care provide the minute-by-minute care for inpatients, taking vital signs, providing medications, and following the patient’s care plan. They talk regularly with other nurses and the rest of the care team for coordinated care. Your cardiovascular nurse is also a great source of information, and they are open to questions from patients and family members about the care you are receiving.
Social workers provide professional assistance with the needs of patients and families. They can help to assess and determine what resources patients and families might be lacking, provide them with information on agencies to assist with various needs, and generally assist with other family difficulties.
Many patients who experience a cardiac event or who undergo a cardiovascular procedure will benefit from a change in diet. Dietitians provide information for patients and families about healthy choices moving forward. While admitted, dietitians also closely monitor the nutritional balance on an ongoing basis and make changes according to the patient’s needs.
Pharmacists collaborate with the care team to select the right medicines at the correct dose for patients. Pharmacists also help to decrease medication side effects and provide valuable information to the team members.
The utilization coordinator plays an important role in admitting and discharge of patients, streamlining the process where possible to help make beds available again for those patients who need it.
Family Involvement in Patient Care
Families play an important role in patient care. The Cardiovascular Unit care team, as part of our Patient and Family Centred Care (PFCC) approach, believes in:
- Information Sharing
We include patients and family members (where appropriate) in all decisions involving your care, allowing you to tell us what options are best for you, and ensuring you understand your care plan. In fact, the more active patients and their families are in their own care, the better outcomes tend to be.