3E-Heart and Kidney Unit (HKU): is a 20-bed unit which focuses on family-centered care for children with cardiac and renal diseases. https://childrensnational.org/news-and-events/video-gallery/welcome-to-the-heart-and-kidney-unit On the HKU, patients range in age from neonates through adults. Patients may be receiving care for:
· Heart surgery
· Diagnostic or interventional cardiac catheterizations
· Acute or chronic renal failure
· Nephrotic or nephritic disorders
· Organ transplantation
All patient beds have cardiac and respiratory monitoring. The HKU primarily admits patients from the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Ambulatory Clinic, PACU and EMTC. The unit also admits 23-hour patients with cardiac and renal disease.
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