Standard Operating Policy Emergency Department Clinical Decision Unit


Key Questions: What is the process of admission, care and discharge of patients on the CDU? What are the standards of practice?

This policy explains the procedures involved in the admission, care and discharge of patients requiring a bed on the Clinical Decision Unit (CDU). This process is multi-disciplinary, maintaining a structured system, in order to deliver safe, quality care, to our patients. The purpose of this policy is to ensure the Trust meets the strategic and clinical best practice standards in the delivery of care within CDU and to provide clarity in the functions of CDU, as part of the overall bed base within the hospital.


  • Introduction
  • Purpose of this Policy/Procedure
  • Scope
  • Definitions / Glossary
  • Ownership and Responsibilities
    • Role of the Managers
    • Role of Individual Staff
  • Standards and Practice
    • Criteria for admission to CDU
    • Admission Process 
    • Discharge Process
    • Standards
    • Dissemination
    • Implementation
  • Monitoring compliance and effectiveness
  • Updating and Review
  • Equality and Diversity
    • Equality Impact Assessmen
  • Appendix 1. Governance Information
  • Appendix 2. Initial Equality Impact Assessment Form 
Contact Person/Organization: 

Royal Cornwall Hospitals: NHS Trust

Type of Tool:

Publication Date: 

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