Does anybody out there use an "Admission Unit"? Ours is a unit where patients go between the ER and their admitting floor. For the most part, this is only for floor patients although we've been getting quite a few step down and ICU patients that have gone through this unit. Basically, it's where patients go to get their admission history and medications documented so that the admission nurses don't have to go to the floors or the ER to do it. (I think it's also so we can code the patient as an inpatient sooner).
Ours doesn't really seem to be a patient care unit, just a paperwork unit, so we've have some patients who spend hours there without anything being done, even as their labs and tests result that show things that need to be addressed (DKA for instance). I had a patient whose BG was 800 in the ED and labs (at 0900) showed DKA, yet the patient didn't get an insulin gtt started until 1700 because they were sent to the admissions unit before their labs even resulted and the admissions unit doesn't do gtt's. Is this the new thing?
We have these in the UK. Never worked there, but when the wards get patients from there its better because more things are done than if they come from A&E, it really saves lots of time.
Last edit by JDZ344 on May 20, '14