Aiken Regional Opens Clinical Decision Unit

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
CDU Opening

闲和庄平台 has opened the Clinical Decision Unit (CDU), a specialized observation unit for patients who visit the Emergency Department聽and require further management to determine the need for an inpatient admission. The CDU is open to provide accelerated聽healthcare services to patients who require care beyond their initial evaluation and management in the Emergency Department.

鈥淎n extension of the Primary Heart Attack Center Certification recently achieved by Aiken Regional, the observation unit will enhance the care of patients presenting with chest pain,鈥 said Ansermo Arthur, MD, FACC, Interventional Cardiologist at 闲和庄平台 and with Carolina Heart and Vascular Center. 鈥淚t is a specialized floor designed to focus on cardiac evaluations by offering cutting edge technology, such as nuclear stress testing and cardiac coronary computer tomography (CTA). These non-invasive tests will provide the cardiologist's and internal medicine physicians with the necessary tools to expedite the evaluation of patients presenting with chest pain and other cardiovascular related problems.鈥

鈥淚f we鈥檙e able to rule out a serious cardiac condition and pain is not associated with聽the heart, the patient may not need to be admitted,鈥 said Bridget Denzik, Chief Nursing Officer at 闲和庄平台. 鈥淭he goal is to answer this question faster and just as safely as if admitted; that鈥檚 when the observation unit would be utilized to run the definitive tests聽necessary. Today, a patient can spend multiple days in the hospital to determine whether or not they have a cardiac condition. The goal of the observation unit is to provide high-quality, comprehensive care during an eight-to-24-hour length of stay to determine the patient鈥檚 condition and provide the appropriate care quicker.鈥

The observation unit provides evaluation, monitoring, and diagnostic and treatment services. A patient may be considered for care in the observation unit if he/she demonstrates chest pain, heart failure, syncope, arrhythmia, transient ischemic attack, deep vein thrombosis or asthma; but this list is not all inclusive.

The observation unit has six聽staffed beds, is managed by hospitalists and is under the nursing leadership of a nursing director. The goal is to open to 14 staffed beds in the near future.