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Progressive Care Unit 

Rutland Regional’s Progressive Care Unit (PCU) takes care of patients too sick to stay on a regular hospital floor, but not sick enough to be in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). It is often used as a step-down unit for patients who have spent time in the ICU, have undergone major surgery or need specialized monitoring.

Progressive Care Unit staff work collaboratively and are specially trained to provide advanced care to critical patients. The 18-bed unit’s nurse-to-patient ratio makes it ideal for patients who need frequent monitoring, including those recovering from:

  • Heart Attack, Defibrillator or Pacemaker Implant or other Cardiac Condition
  • Stroke
  • Cancer or Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Severe Pneumonia
  • Sepsis or other Serious or Systemic Infection
  • Chronic or Complicated Non-Healing Wounds

Most patients stay just a few days and then are transferred to a regular hospital floor.

For Your Comfort

  • Due to the nature of your condition, you will be monitored closely and this may include frequent testing. Your blood work, blood pressure, heart rate, and daily weight readings may be affected by the medications and are indications of your progress.
  • Your diet may be restricted to decrease salt intake or because you need an empty stomach for testing. In addition, you may be asked not to have caffeinated or decaf beverages prior to certain tests, such as a stress test. We will provide you with a meal as soon as possible after your test is completed.
  • The PCU can be noisy, since our monitor alarms are set loudly so our nurses can hear them. We do have ear plugs available for you, and we encourage your family to bring your own battery operated music players with attached headset.
  • TV and phone are provided in your room.
  • We understand that a private room for each patient and family would be ideal but we often need to use our private rooms for patients with special needs. In the case where a private room is not available, it may be necessary for you to have a roommate, or move to a room that allows you to be with a roommate of the same sex.

Rutland Regional Medical Center
160 Allen Street
Rutland, VT 05701
802.775.7111

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