Los Alamitos Medical Center opens state of the art Step Down Unit

Los Alamitos Medical Center (LAMC) has opened a new Step Down Unit (SDU) to provide the highest-quality care in the most appropriate setting.

The new LAMC Step Down Unit, with its modern technology that includes on-the-wall computer units, provides a higher level of care than regular telemetry units (rooms with vital sign monitors that continuously transmit data, such as your heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure) while giving the flexibility to be used as a telemetry unit, if needed.

“We are really excited to be opening this new unit – I’m proud to be able to add this level of service for the patients in our community,” said Kent Clayton, Chief Executive Officer of Los Alamitos Medical Center. “We’ve created spacious rooms with advanced technology that will allow our staff to provide great care to our patients. We really appreciate the hard work of everyone to get the unit ready to open.”

The state-of-the art technology includes Phillips Monitors that allow nurses to monitor all their patients simultaneously from any room and the ability to check in on any patient’s monitor from any room:

“Our team is ready to care for patients and our new Step Down Unit provides the right level of care to best serve our community,” said hospital Chief Nursing Officer Judy Chabot.

SDU’s are specialized hospital units for patients that no longer are required to be in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or a Critical Care Unit (CCU) but are not yet well enough to be in the general care unit.

Features of the new LAMC Step Down Unit include:

  • New Phillips Monitors that allow nurses to monitor all their patients simultaneously from any room;
  • The ability to check in on any patient’s monitor from any room;
  • Central monitor (IntelliVue MX) at the nurse’s station, which displays all patients on the unit
    • Monitor allows for review of vital signs, rhythm strips, or even to take vitals on any patient.
  • The unit features 18 beds and single rooms to help with patient flow from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
  • Each room is equipped with the Hill-Rom Centrella Smart Bed that features a graphical caregiver interface touchscreen to allow for easy access of controls, increased safety features to reduce risk of patient falls and each bed has its own dedicated phones, television control and call-light system.
  • There are work stations in every patient room that allow charting of patients, scan of medications, placement of orders, etc., without having to leave the room or bring a computer in and out each time in the room (keeps rooms and hallways clear)
    • Plus the stations are equipped with wireless scanners and can move up and down to accommodate the best ergonomic level for staff.

This article was released by the Los Alamitos Medical Center.

Los Alamitos Medical Center CEO Kent Clayton cuts the ribbon with CFO Jeff Robey and CNO Judy Chabot to open the new Step Down Unit. Joining in the event are SDU Director, Jon Blomberg (second from left) and staff. Courtesy photo.
Los Alamitos Medical Center CEO Kent Clayton cuts the ribbon with CFO Jeff Robey and CNO Judy Chabot to open the new Step Down Unit. Joining in the event are SDU Director, Jon Blomberg (second from left) and staff. Courtesy photo.