Title

Pediatric observation units.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1-2012

Identifier

DOI: 10.1542/peds.2012-1358

Abstract

Pediatric observation units (OUs) are hospital areas used to provide medical evaluation and/or management for health-related conditions in children, typically for a well-defined, brief period. Pediatric OUs represent an emerging alternative site of care for selected groups of children who historically may have received their treatment in an ambulatory setting, emergency department, or hospital-based inpatient unit. This clinical report provides an overview of pediatric OUs, including the definitions and operating characteristics of different types of OUs, quality considerations and coding for observation services, and the effect of OUs on inpatient hospital utilization.

Journal Title

Pediatrics

Volume

130

Issue

1

First Page

172

Last Page

179

MeSH Keywords

Child; Delivery of Health Care; Hospital Units; Hospitalization; Humans; Pediatrics; Quality Assurance, Health Care; United States

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