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HOSPITAL OBSERVATION UNITS COULD SAVE BILLIONS IN HEALTH COSTS, STUDY SAYS

HOSPITAL OBSERVATION UNITS COULD SAVE BILLIONS IN HEALTH COSTS, STUDY SAYS

Wider use of hospital observation units could save the U.S. health care system billions of dollars a year, a new study indicates.

An observation unit is a space near or within the emergency department that provides an alternative to inpatient admission. The unit cares for patients, usually for a 24-hour period, who have been discharged from the emergency department but need further observation and aren’t ready to safely leave the hospital.

Source: HealthDay News, September 27, 2012.

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