The observation unit: a new interface between inpatient and outpatient care.

@article{Martinez2001TheOU,
  title={The observation unit: a new interface between inpatient and outpatient care.},
  author={Enrique Joshua Fernandez Martinez and Brendan Reilly and Arthur T. Evans and Rebecca R. Roberts},
  journal={The American journal of medicine},
  year={2001},
  volume={110 4},
  pages={
          274-7
        }
}
PURPOSE Observation units for patients who present to emergency departments with chest pain have become common. We describe our 3-year experience with a multipurpose observation unit in which chest pain accounts for only a minority of patients' presenting clinical syndromes. SUBJECTS AND METHODS We analyzed the effects of a 12-bed observation unit on inpatient admissions for common clinical syndromes, as well as its overall effects on inpatient medical admissions during its first 3 years of… CONTINUE READING
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