Observation Unit

The purpose of the Observation Unit is to provide focused, rapid treatment for those patients with simple diagnoses whose estimated length of stay is six to 48 hours. By grouping patients with similar acute, simple diagnoses, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh can provide efficient, specialized, multidisciplinary medical care. Common diagnoses cared for in the Observation Unit include:

  • Accidental ingestion
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Cellulitis
  • Croup
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea
  • Pneumonia
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vomiting

Any child with a known diagnosis who is expected to require short-term hospitalization for treatment, a procedure or observation could be eligible for the Observation Unit. A child’s eligibility for the unit is determined by the Emergency Department physicians.