Observation is an outpatient service that a doctor or other healthcare provider orders so that testing and medical evaluation of your medical condition can be completed.
While under observation care, your bed may be located on any unit or floor of the hospital. However, please know that the quality of your care is exactly the same as any patient, whether you are an observation patient or have been admitted to the hospital.
The doctor will decide whether you need to be discharged or admitted into the hospital. This decision is usually made within the first 24 hours of observation care, which should not exceed 48 hours.