Emergency Department Observation Unit
The Texas Children's Emergency Department Observation Unit opened Feb. 25, 2003. The EDOU, frequently referred to as the EDOU, is a 12-bed unit located on the second floor of the Abercrombie building of Texas Children’s Hospital.
The observation unit is designed for patients who do not require an inpatient admission but need to stay in the hospital for 23 hours or less. While serving this function, the EDOU has an additional role of serving as an entry point into the hospital for Direct Admissions from our Texas Children's Pediatric Associates Physicians.
The physicians notify the observation unit of a potential patient prior to sending the patient to the hospital. The patients come in directly to the unit from the doctors' offices, with a set of admission orders and admission notes. Once in the EDOU, these patients are evaluated, orders are reviewed, and the patient, if clinically stable, will remain in the EDOU while waiting for an inpatient bed. Sometimes the patient is taken to the ED if they are not clinically stable.
The unit also serves to hold the patients from the Clinical Care Center who are waiting for inpatient beds. This service is provided after hours starting at 5 p.m. This process bypasses the ED thereby reducing the wait time from arrival to the final bed space and expediting patient care; it helps unclog the ED and also improves patient satisfaction.
The unit is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The physician coverage is mainly by the ED, staff. The nurse manager is Gail Parazyski, RN, and the medical director is Aderonke Ojo, M.D.