Care of Metabolic and Endocrine Conditions in the Observation Unit.
Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2017 Aug;35(3):589-601
Authors: Osborne AD
Accelerated therapeutic protocols targeting metabolic conditions are ideal for observation unit care. Because many conditions, such as hypokalemia and hyperglycemia, have little to no diagnostic uncertainty, the care in the unit is often straightforward. Additionally, some components of care for the endocrine condition may exhaust services, such as phlebotomy. Hence, this discussion focuses resource utilization and management considerations for the purposes of matching the level of care to the severity of the conditions. When carefully selected candidates are cared for in the observation unit, hospital resources can enable a safe, efficient hospital stay.
PMID: 28711126 [PubMed - in process]