Progressive Care Unit

The Progressive Care Unit (PCU) is a 24-bed unit providing 24-hour care to adult patients diagnosed with cardiac conditions who require telemetry monitoring. Telemetry monitoring uses a portable system that sends heart rate and rhythm data to our specialists so we can manage your care 24 hours a day.

Progressive Care Unit at the University of Maryland

You may be admitted to the PCU for:

  • Managing cardiac diagnoses
  • Arrhythmia detection
  • Care following cardiac interventional procedures
  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Hypertensive emergency (sudden, severe increase in blood pressure)
  • Acute coronary syndrome

Patients in the Progressive Care Unit

Our team monitors your care through careful planning and ongoing collaboration. Your team includes a case manager, who provides coordination of care for all cardiac patients in the PCU. Your case manager focuses on discharge planning, high-risk patient care coordination and third-party payer communication.

We have two sets of rounds every day to discuss your care plan:

  • Morning rounds: The medical and nursing staff meet every morning to discuss the progress and the plan of care for each patient. 
  • Afternoon rounds: This includes a more extensive team, who all work together to manage your care. Participants may include:
    • Case manager
    • Physician
    • Patient care coordinator
    • Nurse
    • Occupational, physical and speech therapists
    • Nutritionist
    • Social worker

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 1-800-492-5538.