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Clinical decision units in the emergency department: old concepts, new paradigms, and refined gate keeping
  1. T B Hassan
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr T B Hassan, Department of Emergency Medicine, The General Infirmary at Leeds, The Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust, Leeds LS1 3EX, UK 


This review looks at the background of clinical decision units/observation units and their role in the management of patients in the emergency department.

  • clinical decision units
  • clinical risk
  • observation units
  • ED, emergency department
  • OU, observation unit
  • CDU, clinical decision unit

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  • Funding: none.

  • Conflicts of interest: TBH is the Clinical Lead of the Leeds CDU Group and has been involved in developing the CDU concept in Leeds since September 2000