KRMC opens new unit for observing and stabilizing ER patients
Kingman, Arizona – [September 6, 2013] Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC) announced today that on Monday, September 9th it will open a new Clinical Decision Unit (CDU), which provides a setting to further care for patients who are first seen in the hospital emergency room (ER) and require further tests and observation to stabilize their condition. The duration of a CDU stay is usually less than 24 hours.
Some examples of symptoms and conditions for placement in the CDU include: chest pain, obstructed breathing due to asthma or COPD, dehydration, abdominal pain, and certain injuries that require observation. The ER will quickly transfer patients with these types of conditions to CDU observation beds and CDU staff will complete the workup started by the ER team.
The 20-bed CDU will occupy space on KRMC’s third floor, which was vacated with the move of KRMC’s Acute Rehabilitation Unit to the Hualapai Mountain Campus last month. The unit is staffed 24-hours-a-day by physicians and nurses trained in both emergency and critical care. It includes state-of-the-art telemetry and monitoring equipment.
According to Brian Turney, KRMC CEO, “The CDU will enable us to more quickly evaluate certain types of patients and place them in the appropriate setting. It will also free up beds so that we can offer private rooms to more of our hospitalized patients.”