Medical Emergency Observation Unit Reduces Length of Stay and Raises Patient Satisfaction

It's a quandary facing many busy emergency departments (EDs) across the country: how to treat young patients who require emergency care and a brief stay, while reserving limited inpatient beds for the most acute cases. In winter, when respiratory cases compound the rising patient census, limited resources are stretched even thinner.

In one urban ED that sees approximately 12,000 pediatric patients a year, a team of emergency medicine physicians devised a model that would optimize resources, reduce length of stay dramatically, and increase patient satisfaction.

In a study published in BMJ Open Quality, emergency medicine researchers at the Icahn School of