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An overview of the goals and purpose of the unit. It is best to review the hospitals’ yearly goal and overall mission statement when drafting this. The two should be complimentary.
OBSERVATION ELIGIBILITY AND PROCESS
Indications for observation
Contraindications to observation
This should detail the following:
STAFFING - 24 hour a day staffing pattern
Ancillary support used — such as dedicated technicians, clerks, respiratory therapists, and pharmacy support.
OBSERVATION UNIT EQUIPMENT AND PATIENT MONITORING PROCEDURE
"Hold" Patient Management
UNIT PERFORMANCE MONITORS
Source: William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI.