Adult Inpatient Unit

Inpatient Experience

Dear Patient and Family,

On behalf of The University of Kansas Hospital, I welcome you to Unit 15. Unit 15 is a dedicated Adult Cystic Fibrosis and Medical Telemetry Unit with physicians, nurses, staff and leadership dedicated to the specific treatment needs associated with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). We are here to be your care team!
patient room
We focus on providing the highest level of service and safe care to our patients. We strongly believe in partnering with you and your family to meet your care goals. We are very proud of the great relationships we have built with patients and families over the years and look forward to building this relationship with you. Through collaboration, we can provide you with outstanding care and keep you healthy.

If you have questions during your stay, don’t hesitate to let your nurse know. We will do our best to get your questions answered. If you have concerns about your care, please ask to speak to the charge nurse, unit educator, or myself. We also welcome positive comments about the care you receive. After you go home, you will receive a survey about your experience on our unit. We always appreciate your feedback.

We look forward to meeting you and getting to know you during your stay. Thank you for choosing the University of Kansas Hospital.

Welcome to Unit 15!

Angie Smith, RN, BSN, NE-BC
Nurse Manager
Unit 15 Adult Cystic Fibrosis and Medical Telemetry
The University of Kansas Hospital

Your Safety Comes First:

We provide our Cystic Fibrosis patients care with a focus on infection prevention, as recommended by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). What does that mean on Unit 15? Because our staff takes care of Cystic Fibrosis patients, we do the following:
  • When a staff member enters your room they will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (aka gown and gloves!).
  • Staff members are sometimes required to wear a mask, in cases of specific organisms that are transmitted through the air.
  • To limit the spread of infection and to protect yourself from other infections you could acquire, the CFF recommends you should:
    • Wear a mask when you leave the room
    • Use an alcohol based hand-sanitizer (located outside your room) when you leave and re-enter your room.
    • Maintain at least a six foot distance between your-self and other patients wearing a mask.
Safe Zone

According to the CFF Guidelines, staff are recommended to maintain a (at least) six foot distance from patients when not wearing PPE. Safe zones have been created for quick staff and patient interaction, and are marked on the floor with a green decal labeled “Safe Zone.” This way, staff can deliver small items to your room, or check on you, easily, but staff should not go beyond the safe zone without proper PPE. It’s okay to remind people!

Your Care on Unit 15:
  • Vitals and assessments are done every four hours, during day and night shifts. Night time care will be bundled by your nursing staff to help you sleep. Blood sugars will be checked by staff before meals. Please call out if you are about to eat!
  • Any home medications must be verified by the pharmacist upon arrival and verified by a nurse when they are taken. Enzymes will be provided by the hospital, and kept at your bedside for your convenience. Let us know if you need more!
  • Central Line Care for your port or PICC line will be completed every seven days and as needed for infection prevention.
Airway Clearance and Treatments:
  • Respiratory treatment schedules will be made with your respiratory therapist and tailored to your individual timing preferences!
  • Our exercise room has a treadmill, stationary bike, medicine balls, resistance bands and an Xbox Kinect. The exercise room is cleaned between each use the same way a hospital room is cleaned between patients. We expect that at least one air-way clearance session includes using the exercise room daily. Please let your nurse know what time you would like to use the exercise room so it can be reserved for you.

You have several options for meals during your stay. Our main cafeteria and The Roasterie café offers many different meals and snacks. You can also order through room service. In addition meal cards are provided at the beginning of your stay for you to use at different locations at the hospital. Ask your nurse for more information!

Extra Activities on Unit 15:
exercise room
  • All patient rooms have a DVD player. A list of movies available for checkout can be found at the secretary’s desk.
  • You are welcome to bring in gaming systems or laptops from home.
  • Art supplies are available upon request to your nurse. We have a wide variety of different craft supplies and are always taking suggestions for new items.
  • We have an iPad available for you to check out during your stay. Please ask your nurse for details.
  • The exercise room is equipped with an Xbox with Kinect to use while in the exercise room. There are a variety of games available for you to play.

Medication Information

At this time the inpatient pharmacy is not able to provide Kalydeco, Orkambi, or Cayston. If you are on these medications and plan to be admitted, please bring these medication with you for use while you are hospitalized.