Use of emergency observation and assessment wards: a systematic literature review.

@article{Cooke2003UseOE,
  title={Use of emergency observation and assessment wards: a systematic literature review.},
  author={Matthew Cooke and John Higgins and P. Kidd},
  journal={Emergency medicine journal : EMJ},
  year={2003},
  volume={20 2},
  pages={138-42}
}
INTRODUCTION Observation and assessment wards allow patients to be observed on a short-term basis and permit patient monitoring and/or treatment for an initial 24-48 hour period. They should permit concentration of emergency activity and resources in one area, and so improve efficiency and minimise disruption to other hospital services. These types of ward go under a variety of names, including observation, assessment, and admission wards. This review aims to evaluate the current literature and… CONTINUE READING

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