The Clinical Decision Unit (CDU) of Cooper University Hospital provides evaluation and care of patients whose medical needs can most often be taken care of within a 24-hour time frame. A patient in the CDU receives monitoring, diagnostic testing, therapy and assessment of symptoms to determine whether he or she will require further treatment as an inpatient or can be safely discharged from the hospital setting. If a patient is deemed medically stable, he or she may be discharged from the CDU at anytime during the day or evening.
Examples of conditions treated in the Clinical Decision Unit include:
- Chest pain
- Abdominal pain
Who provides care and medical treatment?
Patients in the Clinical Decision Unit are cared for by highly skilled professionals. These include, but are not limited to:
- A Hospitalist physician (MD or DO) has overall responsibility for a patient’s care. Every patient is seen by a physician. They talk with the nurses, evaluate the patient and any test results, and confer with other doctors as necessary to determine a course of treatment.
- A registered nurse (RN) will assess and monitor a patient’s physical condition, give medication, maintain an IV and keep family and/or friends informed of any tests and procedures. Nurses also provide important discharge information before patients go home. Each nurse is responsible for several patients and works very closely with other doctors as necessary to determine a course of treatment.
- Nurse practitioners, critical care technicians, and case managers are also active participants in a patient’s care.
Eating or Drinking
Once in the CDU, patients should not eat or drink anything while waiting to see the physician. Doing so may interfere with the examination, testing, diagnosis or treatment. Many treatments require an empty stomach to be completed and accurate.
Emergency Department and CDU parking spaces—outside the ED entrance—are limited. If care is being administered in the CDU, we ask that the car be moved to the attached parking garage so that others may use the Emergency Department parking spaces. If a patient is unable move a car, arrangements can be made via Cooper security.
The hospital bills a patient’s insurance company for the care they receive in the Clinical Decision Unit and a co-pay may be required. If you have questions about your coverage, please call your insurance company. A toll-free number can be found on the back of your insurance card.
Your comfort and dignity are important to us. If you have questions or concerns while in the Clinical Decision Unit, please ask to speak with your nurse.
Clinical Decision Unit Offices
Cooper Clinical Decision Unit offices in South Jersey and the Delaware Valley include:
One Cooper Plaza
Camden, New Jersey 08103