What Is a Hospital Step Down or Telemetry Unit?

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According to Mary Greeley Medical Center, a telemetry unit is designed to provide people with specialty care to monitor their heart condition. Patients are connected to telemetry technology, which monitors the activity of their heart; this technology has the ability to be mobile.

According to NurseZone, nurses need specialized training to work as a nurse in a telemetry unit. The training needs to provide evidence as to a nurse's competence in the technology and medical requirements when caring for a patient in this unit.

Telemetry units are increasing in popularity due to a shortage of intensive care unit (ICU) beds, according to NurseZone.