Step-down units (SDUs) are sometimes used to provide an intermediate level of care for patients whose illness severity may not warrant ICU care, but who are not stable enough to be treated in the ward (5 ,6). As such, they can improve ICU throughput.
The first is “stepdown” patients who were receiving intensive care (usually organ support) but who no longer have full intensive care needs. Patients may often be defined as “stepdown” by exclusion (i.e., that they no longer meet any criteria for full intensive care).Aug 22, 2014
Various types of patients may require telemetry monitoring including those with high blood pressure and a history of a stroke or heart attack. Patients who are hospitalized due to chest pain also require cardiac monitoring. Telemetry nurses work in step-down units, intermediate care units and telemetry floors.Dec 5, 2014
Step Down Units (SDUs) provide an intermediate level of care between the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and the general medical-surgical wards. These units, which are also commonly referred to as intermediate care units and transitional care units, are found in many, but not all, hospitals in developed nations.
A step-down facility is a place in which care is provided by nurses with occasional visits from a doctor. Essentially, it is a nursing home, whether run privately or by a health board. If they could be moved into beds in nursing homes, health board homes and other such places, acute beds would be "freed-up".