Observation Unit

Fast Facts

  • Average Daily Census FY2020
  • Nurse to Pt Ratio
  • Shifts
    Traditional 12 hr/shifts; 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., 7 p.m. - 7 a.m.
  • Certifications Available

The Observation Unit strives to provide effective, protocol-based care for patients as additional diagnostic testing is performed. Our typical patient comes in with a simple complaint that allows the physician and nurse to work collaboratively to determine the best course of treatment for the patient.  Our standard patients have been diagnosed or have symptoms such as chest pain, congestive heart failure, or asthma. The majority of our patients have a cardiac diagnosis, but we see a variety of diagnoses and provide excellent patient care to all patient populations. Once all of the diagnostic testing has been completed for our patients, the patient is either discharged or moved to one of our inpatient units to take a deeper look into their medical history.

The average length of stay for a patient on our unit is 24-36 hours. This quick turnover of patients facilitates a flexible environment our nurses must adapt to. Our nursing staff also accommodates outpatient infusions when our infusion center is not available. Infusions may include blood transfusions, immunoglobulin therapy, antibiotics, and intravenous fluids. Our unit exhibits all of MyMichigan Health’s core values of teamwork, accountability, integrity, and most of all, excellence.

Nurses are encouraged to participate in either unit-based or system-wide quality improvement programs using a shared governance model with the ultimate goal of improving patient care.