Franciscan Health Olympia Fields Is Gaining A Critical Decision Unit
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Illinois - Construction is currently underway in the former Emergency Department to create a Critical Decision Unit (CDU). Located next to the Emergency Department, the all-new CDU will include 15 private rooms for patients, such as those who present with chest pains, who require specialized observation. Within 23 hours of admission to the CDU, patients will either be admitted to the hospital or sent home.
The CDU is a closed unit, with its own medical director, physician advisor and a specially-trained, dedicated nursing staff. The Emergency Department recommends patients for admission to the unit and the physician advisor determines whether or not they meet the criteria for admission. Nurses and providers in the unit will have a direct focus on patients, which will improve the safety and efficacy of care for some of our highest risk emergency patients. The ability to provide focused patient care should increase provider satisfaction as well.
- Relocating patients to the CDU for observation relieves that patient care burden from the Emergency Department.
- The CDU will sharpen Franciscan Health's focus on chest pain patients and help maintain its Chest Pain Center accreditation status.
- The new unit is expected to improve throughput of observation patients, which will increase the hospital's inpatient capacity.
Estimated completion of the CDU is July 15.