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unit

 [u´nit]
1. a single thing; one segment of a whole that is made up of identical or similar segments.
2. a specifically defined amount of anything subject to measurement, as of activity, dimension, velocity, volume, or the like.
3. a distinct part of a hospital, usually having a specific physical location and serving a defined function; see under names of specific units.
Ångström unit angstrom.
atomic mass unit (u) (amu) the unit of mass equal to ¹⁄₁₂ the mass of the nuclide of carbon 12. Called also dalton.
autonomous nursing unit a nursing unit under a decentralized administration system in which the staff is responsible for all aspects of unit functioning.
British thermal unit (BTU) a unit of heat formerly widely used, being the amount necessary to raise the temperature of 1 pound of water from 39° to 40°F., equal to approximately 252 calories.
CH50 unit the amount of complement that will lyse 50 per cent of a standard preparation of sheep red blood cells coated with antisheep erythrocyte antibody.
continuing education unit (CEU) a unit of credit for educational offerings given to professional persons, determined by a professional organization according to a mathematical formula after a thorough review of the program of study, the qualifications of the instructors, and the program objectives.
critical care unit intensive care unit.
electrostatic u's (esu) that system of units that is based on the fundamental definition of a unit charge as one that will repel a similar charge with a force of 1 dyne when the two charges are 1 cm apart in a vacuum.
environmental control unit a computerized system that allows the handicapped individual to operate several different appliances using a keyboard or other input device.
heat unit the amount of heat energy that is produced by one kVp (kilovolt peak) and one mA (milliampere) for one second with single phase, full wave rectified radiographic equipment.
Hounsfield unit an arbitrary unit of x-ray attenuation used for CT scans. Each voxel is assigned a value on a scale in which air has a value of −1000; water, 0; and compact bone, +1000.
intensive care unit see intensive care unit.
International unit (IU)
1. a unit of enzyme activity equal to the amount of enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of one micromole of substrate or coenzyme per minute under specified conditions (temperature, pH, and substrate concentration) of the assay method. Abbreviated U.
2. any of several arbitrary units that have been adopted by international bodies to express the quantities of certain vitamins (A, C, D, and thiamine hydrochloride), hormones (androgen, chorionic gonadotropin, estradiol benzoate, estrone, insulin, progesterone, and prolactin), and drugs (digitalis and penicillin).
Kienböck's unit a unit of x-ray exposure equal to 0.1 erythema dose; symbol X.
motor unit the unit of motor activity formed by a motor nerve cell and its many innervated muscle fibers.
postanesthesia care unit (PACU) a specialty unit in a hospital for giving postanesthesia care (care of patients recovering from anesthesia and intravenous sedation); formerly called recovery room.
radiologic u's units used to measure radiation, including roentgens, rads, rems, and curies.
u's of service (UOS)
1. the number of procedures done by a department.
2. individuals or groups of individuals who are the recipients of nursing care.
short procedures unit (short term care unit) a nursing unit where patients are briefly cared for following a medical or surgical procedure and are then discharged without spending the night.
SI unit any unit of the International System of units (the metric system); see also si units.
step-down unit a nursing unit designated to provide care for patients who are stable enough to be discharged from the intensive care unit but are not yet ready to be cared for on a medical-surgical unit.
Svedberg unit (S) a unit equal to 10−13 second used for expressing sedimentation coefficients of macromolecules.
Svedberg flotation unit (Sf) a unit equal to 10−13 second used for expressing negative sedimentation coefficients of macromolecules that float rather than sink in a centrifuge, e.g., lipoproteins.
terminal respiratory unit the functional unit of the lung, including a respiratory bronchiole, alveolar ducts and sacs, and alveoli; called also primary lobule of lung and primary respiratory lobule.
USP unit one used in the United States Pharmacopeia for expressing potency of drugs and other preparations.

step-down unit

a hospital nursing unit providing care intermediate between that of an intensive care unit and a normally-staffed in-patient division.

step-down unit

An intermediate-care unit which provides temporary placement of a person who has been discharged from hospital, needs minimal or no monitoring, and is awaiting placement in a long-term care facility, care home with nursing or care home.

step-down unit

A unit to which stable patients are sent either after being cared for in intensive care units (ICUs) or instead of receiving care in ICUs.
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Caregivers can monitor the patient at the bedside, or simply pick up the unit from its INFINITY DOCKING STATION(TM) and go to the ICU, OR, ER, or step-down unit -- without changing monitors or cables each time the patient is moved.
1) Another study found that step-down units have a staffing ratio of 1:4.
In an earlier study, researchers found lower fall rates were associated with increasing nursing hours and skill mix on medical and step-down units (Dunton, Gajewski, Taunton, & Moore, 2004).
Classification changes would reduce the segregation population through intermediate sanctions in living units, early graduation from segregation for good behavior and retention in step-down units after segregation.
If approved the hospital will have an 18-bed rehabilitation unit and two small step-down units for patients who will shortly be discharged.
Worth does not take into account the fact that well-prepared nurses in emergency rooms, operating rooms, intensive care units, and step-down units of hospitals can mitigate problems for physicians caring for patients.
Most hospitals need these step-down units both because of Medicare reimbursement policies and because managed care companies strictly regulate the number of days patients can be hospitalized.
Ambulatory care environments such as telemetry and cardiac step-down units often use patient-worn monitors to conduct continuous monitoring during patient ambulation.
This book is primarily for clinical cardiac nurses working with patients in all clinical settings: intensive care, telemetry units, step-down units, emergency departments, chest pain centers, cardiac and interventional radiology laboratories, physician offices and clinics, and in home healthcare.
As a result, hospitals are moving to develop transition units, step-down units, swing beds and anything else that will help maintain census.
The system uses a single platform to automate workflows in a variety of high-acuity environments, including intensive care, pre-op, operating room, post-op, step-down units, and general in-patient beds.
The design includes six new operating rooms with expanded support, expanded recovery and same-day surgery units, new 12-bed open heart and 30-bed step-down units, new 32-bed ICU, 18-bed burn unit, and four 30-bed acute care patient units.