I am looking for current information on observation units. I searched the
PED-EM listserv archives and there was a lot of discussion in 1998. Most
of the postings were of the nature, "in our place we have..." Some of the
financial issues operating then have changes significantly.
I am interested in how this area has matured and if there are any validated
protocols publicly available. Our emergency department (university
hospital, combined adult and peds) has opened an observation unit adjacent
to the ED and is pushing to have more children admitted as one way to keep
the census up. Before now children have been admitted to the floor but as
23 observation status. As most of us, I am trying not to reinvent the
Published guidelines, studies, meetings, conference proceedings, anything
you might be aware of would be helpful.
Thanks in advance,
Duke University Medical Center
For more information, send mail to [log in to unmask] with the message: info PED-EM-L
The URL for the PED-EM-L Web Page is: