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EMERGENCY: What is an emergency department-based ICU?

In 2015, the University of Michigan Health System created The Joyce and Don Massey Family Foundation Emergency Critical Care Center (EC3), an ICU within the ED of its flagship adult hospital.”

Patient outcomes related to the opening of a new model of intensive care unit that is adjacent to the emergency department of a university hospital (with about 75,000 adult ED visits annually) are described in this scholarly article.  The Joyce and Don Massey Family Foundation Emergency Critical Care Center, known as EC3, at Michigan Medicine (Ann Arbor) is a 7,800-sf unit with nine patient rooms and five resuscitation/trauma bays.  Patients stay in the EC3 for about 9 hours on average.  This new model of care was found to reduce mortality and decrease the rate of admission of ED patients to inpatient intensive care units.

Source: Gunnerson, K.J., and others. (2019, July 24). Association of an emergency department-based intensive care unit with survival and inpatient intensive care unit admissions. JAMA Network Open, 2(7).  Click here for full text:  https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2738625  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org