Observation Services Resources
Observation services was founded by emergency physicians in an attempt to manage "boarding" issues faced by emergency departments throughout the U.S. As a result, observation services has proven effective in reducing costs, decreasing lengths of stay and improving outcomes for patients suffering from several of the most common diagnoses presenting to the emergency department. Observation services is successfully helping hospitals reduce the number of avoidable admissions while ensuring that physicians avoid inappropriate discharges.
Recommendations (White Paper)
Recommendations for the Evaluation and Management of Observation Services — A Consensus White Paper
We are pleased to share the following Congress abstracts and presentations related to the topic of Observation Services:
Voice of the Expert
Observation is a complicated thing . . .
A well managed observation unit provides probability of successful outcomes. You know, observation is a complicated thing. . . because of the complexities of it, it's easy to drop the ball, and the patient can't go home when the ball's been dropped. The outcomes are better when you have that process [standardized observation protocols]. The management team is together and the people are educated and know what they're doing.