Harbor:Observation placement

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  • Any OOP patients needing observation or CORE services should be transferred to an in-network hospital if they are stable - [Peterson 5/2016]
  • Only patients with internal medicine (or family medicine) covered illness can be placed on obs. All other services require admission (or transfer) [Lewis 5/2016]
  • Patients who would have been admitted but are pending a transfer that is delayed should NOT be placed on OBS just for that reason. These transfers often do not occur quickly. Only place such patients on OBS if they would have been OBS appropriate by their medical condition. [Peterson 2/2019]

Observation Service Guidelines

"Yes" to OBS

  • Placement: All patients requiring placement should go to OBS
  • Patients should be placed on the most appropriate unit by the ED; if specialty services are not available in the desired timeframe (ie, GI, IR), the observation team may make the decision to admit such patients (Lewis - 10/2017)
  • TB rapid rule-out (GenExpert PCR) takes about 12 hours. Order:
    • AFB bundle
    • Saline chloride 10% for RT
    • 2 specimen cups with 1ml and 5ml total expectorate

Do NOT Place on OBS (Admit instead)

  • Coumadin bridging requiring heparin drip (Lewis - 7/2017)
  • Multi-drug resistant history requiring antibiotics while awaiting culture results (Lewis - 7/2017)
  • Patients needing first ever dialysis (Spiegel/Daar 1/2019)

Chappell, 8/2017, Peterson 1/2019

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