This new area is managed by physicians of the Internal Medicine Service, and is an addition to the observational area of the Emergency Room.

It has its own professional, nursing and technological resources to care for patients with severe clinical illness, be it cardiological, respiratory or other conditions demanding a longer stay than in the ER, though with possibilities of an early discharge.

Thus, we have reduced hospitalization rates, and made more beds available for scheduled surgical patients, and for those who require a step-down discharge from the Intensive Therapy and Coronary Care Units.

SSU Admission Criteria:

1.  Stabilized Patients, requiring simple monitoring.

2.  Patients requiring an observation period with specific goals, such as:

  • Evaluating symptoms that might entail risk (ex: chest pain to rule out Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Perform an immediate treatment ( ex: renal colic) or short lasting intensive treatments (ex: dehydration, asthmatic conditions)

Conditions qualifying for SSU admission

  • Transitory Ischemic Attack
  • Renal Colic
  • Asthmatic Crisis
  • Hypertensive Crisis
  • Moderate Dehydration
  • Precordial Pain
  • COPD
  • Hyperemesis in Pregnancy
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Accidental Intoxication
  • Functional Metrorrhagia
  • Convulsive States
  • Brain trauma without loss of consciousness
  • Benign Postural Vertigo

return to Central Hospital
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