Three Rapid Evaluation and Treatment Units (RETU) for Emergency Department (ED) patients were recently opened at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Roosevelt, and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s. These observation units are designed to care for patients who cannot be safely discharged after their initial evaluation and management in the ED, yet may not meet the criteria for inpatient admission. They follow a model of care set by The Mount Sinai Hospital in February when it opened the first RETU in New York City.
The Mount Sinai Hospital is the first in New York City to open an observation unit for Emergency Department (ED) patients who do not meet criteria for inpatient admission, yet require further short-term evaluation and treatment before they can be discharged safely. The 20-bed Rapid Evaluation and Treatment Unit (RETU) is adjacent to the ED and is staffed by physicians, physician assistants, nurse managers, nurses, case managers, and social workers who work as a team to better assess and coordinate patient care. Similar units will be rolled out at hospitals throughout the Mount Sinai Health System in the coming months.