Acuity-Adjustable Unit

In May 2012 the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute opened the nation’s first acuity-adjustable unit for neurosurgical patients. The unit is located on the hospital’s fourth floor, which also houses the neuroscience intensive care unit and the epilepsy monitoring unit.

The acuity-adjustable unit enables a patient to stay in a single room during recovery from epilpesy procedures. Rather than having the patient move from room to room, the room’s technologies, monitoring systems and intensity of nursing care adjust to the acuteness, or severity, of the patient’s condition. As the patient recovers, higher-level monitoring equipment can be rolled away.

The acuity-adjustable unit includes 10 patient rooms, two of which are hard-wired to accommodate epilepsy patients who require continuous monitoring for seizures. Patients undergoing advanced epilepsy monitoring (phase 2) with special electrodes on the brain surface are well served in this unit because of its high level of monitoring capability. Patients recovering from epilepsy surgery also benefit from high-level nursing monitoring and observation.

All rooms include a pull-out bed and are designed so that a family member can stay with his or her loved one around the clock.

 

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