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. Jan/Mar 2018;33(1):72-78.
doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000267.

Creation of an Adult Observation Unit: Improving Outcomes


Creation of an Adult Observation Unit: Improving Outcomes

Joy M Plamann et al. J Nurs Care Qual. .


A growing segment of patients in hospitals are considered outpatients, classified as observation. These patients neither have the severity of illness nor the intensity of service to qualify as inpatients, yet are not well enough to be discharged. Hospitals have created observation units to address the clinical needs of this growing patient type to provide care in the right setting by managing emergency department throughput and utilizing the most efficient staffing resources. This article describes the change processes and improvements in quality, length of stay, and patient satisfaction, which occurred following the implementation of an adult observation unit.

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