Pediatric observation units

Gregory P. Conners*, Sanford M. Melzer, Jack M. Percelay, James M. Betts, Maribeth B. Chitkara, Jennifer A. Jewell, Patricia S. Lye, Laura J. Mirkinson, Jerrold M. Eichner, Chris Brown, Lynne Lostocco, Richard A. Salerno, Kurt F. Heiss, Matthew Scanlon, S. Niccole Alexander, Kathy N. Shaw, Alice D. Ackerman, Thomas H. Chun, Nanette C. Dudley, Joel A. FeinSusan M. Fuchs, Brian R. Moore, Steven M. Selbst, Joseph L. Wright, Isabel A. Barata, Kim Bullock, Toni K. Gross, Elizabeth Edgerton, Tamar Magarik Haro, Jaclynn S. Haymon, Cynthia Wright Johnson, Lou E. Romig, Sally K. Snow, David W. Tuggle, Sue Tellez

*Corresponding author for this work

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Pediatric observation units (OUs) are hospital areas used to provide medical evaluation and/or management for health-related conditions in children, typically for a well-defined, brief period. Pediatric OUs represent an emerging alternative site of care for selected groups of children who historicallymay have received their treatment in an ambulatory setting, emergency department, or hospital-based inpatient unit. This clinical report provides an overview of pediatric OUs, including the definitions and operating characteristics of different types of OUs, quality considerations and coding for observation services, and the effect of OUs on inpatient hospital utilization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-179
Number of pages8
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Emergency department
  • Inpatient
  • Observation status
  • Observation unit
  • Pediatric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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