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EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS: New model for care of critically ill patients within the ED

The University of Michigan Health System (Ann Arbor, Mich.) has opened a new specialized section of the emergency department intended to provide care for seriously ill patients.  The Massey Emergency Critical Care Center (EC3) is a 7,800-sf area with 5 resuscitation bays and 9 patient rooms.  This is not for trauma or heart attack patients, but for other critically ill patients who need the resources of a critical care unit.  The idea is that the EC3 will improve throughput in the ED and decompress the hospital’s intensive care units.  The EC3 is staffed by emergency physicians with additional critical care training and ED nurses who have also received additional training.

Special note: This is said to be one of the first such units in the U.S.

Source: New type of center focuses on caring for the most critically ill patients: decompressing ED that serves patients at the upper end of the acuity spectrum. (2015, Apr.). ED Management, 27(4), 42-45. Retrieved from http://www.ahcmedia.com/articles/134880-new-type-of-center-focuses-on-caring-for-the-most-critically-ill-patients-decompressing-ed-that-serves-patients-at-the-upper-end-of-the-acuity-spectrum; and,  U-M opens one of nation’s most advanced centers for critically ill and injured emergency patients. (2015, Feb. 16). Press release. Retrieved from http://www.uofmhealth.org/news/archive/201502/u-m-opens-one-nations-most-advanced-centers-critically-ill  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050 rc@aha.org

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