The Clinical Decision Unit (CDU) of Cooper University Hospital is a brand new, state-of-the-art unit run by the Division of Hospital Medicine in the Department of Medicine. John P. Sheridan, Jr., President and CEO at Cooper remarked at the opening ceremony, “This unit is going to make a huge difference in our overall hospital operations and through-put for patients.”
In a medical emergency, time is of the essence, especially when it comes to your heart. A new software called LifeNet is being implemented at Cooper University Hospital to shorten the length of time between identifying a heart attack and providing potentially life-saving treatment.
This week’s edition of The New Yorker published a comprehensive report highlighting the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Jeffrey Brenner, MD, Director of the Coalition and a physician at Cooper, and its innovative approach to reducing health-care costs. Through the creation of the Camden Coalition and his use of data mining and statistical analysis to map health-care use and expenses, Brenner and his team have helped hundreds of Camden patients better navigate the healthcare system.
Several health web sites and magazines published an article about a study conducted in Cooper’s Emergency Department that found patients with non-traumatic abdominal pain express greater confidence in decision making when CT Imaging is included in the diagnostic evaluation.
On Thursday, the Asbury Park Press published an article about a medical exercise hosted by The U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center known as Eagle Flag. During the drill, various local, state and federal agencies — from municipal first-aid squads to the Federal Emergency Management Agency — respond to a scenario in which a category 3 hurricane hits the Garden State.
Today, Cooper University Hospital unveiled its new, expanded Emergency Department (ED) with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for employees and visitors. The new facility is 33,000 square feet and includes 36 brand new, state-of-the-art patient rooms, including: designated adult and pediatric treatment and resuscitation rooms, two private triage rooms, a separate pediatric waiting room, and two decontamination rooms.
In an effort to alleviate overcrowding in the Emergency Department (ED) and ensure that patients get the medical care they need in a comfortable environment, Cooper University Hospital has opened the new Clinical Decision Unit (CDU). This unit is for low risk patients who require further observation before a decision can be made to admit them to the hospital or send them home. Now, instead of spending the night in the ED, these patients get the observation they need in a hospital room on the CDU. The CDU consists of 18 beds on the tenth floor of the hospital equipped with telemetry capability. “The patients who are transferred there are patients first seen in the ED. These patients require observation and evaluation to determine whether they need to be admitted to the hospital or discharged after a period of observation,” said Gina Marone, R.N., M.S.N., Senior Director of Patient Care Services. “Examples of some of the most common ailments that require further observation are asthma, low risk chest pain or abdominal pain, mild congestive heart failure, pneumonia and dehydration.” The CDU staff is a multi-specialty team of physicians, nurses and case managers who are focused on quickly providing the necessary clinical tests to enable patients to progress efficiently with their care. The goal is to evaluate a patient and make a decision within 24 hours. “We safely expedite our patients’ care through their course of treatment in the hospital in order to get them back home or admit them if indicated,” Marone explained. “The CDU’s focus enables us to accomplish this while also being fiscally prudent with hospital resources, which is an added benefit."