Caspers, C., Smith, S., Seth, R., et al. (2016). Observation Services Linked with an Urgent Care Center in the Absence of an Emergency Department: An Innovative Mechanism to Initiate Efficient Health Care Delivery in the Aftermath of a Natural Disaster. (Abstract only.) Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 10(3):405-10.
This article demonstrates the usefulness and diverse population base that can be cared for by an emergency department (ED) Observation Unit. The authors examine what happened in the absence of an ED through a retrospective review of such a model created after the destruction of the NYU Langone Medical Center ED during Hurricane Sandy.