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Altru’s Observation Unit

Altru’s Observation Unit, located on third floor of Altru Hospital, is a designated space for doctors and nurses to observe medical conditions for changes. Observation is an outpatient service provided within the hospital. Medicare and most insurances require this service be used for patients who have symptoms that need monitoring but may not be appropriate for inpatient admission.

Consisting of 20 private rooms, nine of which can be converted to semi-private rooms as needed, the unit will serve adult patients. Observation may be requested if treatment is expected to be completed within 24 to 48 hours. Outside of the unit, observation can also take place in any bed in the hospital.

Conditions Observed

The observation unit is specific to patients with the diagnosis of:

  • abdominal pain (nonspecific)
  • acute pain (not cancer-related)
  • allergic reaction (excluding anaphylactic)
  • asthma
  • breakthrough seizures (chronic)
  • chest pain
  • concussion
  • constipation
  • dehydration
  • epistaxis (nosebleed)
  • headache
  • hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • nephrolithiasis (kidney stones)
  • syncope (fainting)
  • TIA (stroke)

Benefits of Observation Care

By providing focused, rapid medical evaluations, observation units can help reduce hospital readmission rates, save patients an extended first hospital admission and improve patient outcomes. At Altru, our goal is to get patients back to the comforts of home as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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