The new University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) Emergency Department (ED)
was opened in April 2013. Designed to be patient
centered to provide state of the art emergency care in a modern facility, the ED serves as a national model for excellence. The UCH ED currently cares for over 100,000 patients annually.
The University of Colorado Department of Emergency Medicine faculty practice in the UCH ED. Our care may feel a bit different, as we’ve completely eliminated
Upon arrival to the ED by
private vehicle during peak times, patients will be immediately greeted and
placed into one of four intake rooms where they are seen and evaluated by a
physician in an average time of 11 minutes.
Patients requiring additional testing or workup will have their care
initiated by this physician and quickly moved to Supertrack or the Main
Patients who do not require
additional testing may be discharged by the intake physician resulting in a
short overall length of stay, typically less than 30 minutes.
Our Supertrack area is designed to care for patients with
minor illness or injury such as lacerations or fractures. Our team of highly skilled nurses and techs
will initiate testing based on the initial intake physician’s orders and be evaluated
by a Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner.
Patients who require more complex testing and evaluation will
be transported to the Main ED after their evaluation by the intake
physician. Patients arriving via
ambulance will have a bed assigned prior to their arrival and be directly
placed into a private room. Upon arrival
the patients will immediately assessed by our entire team and their care
initiated. Each room is identical with
ample room for visitors to sit with patients during their care. Rooms
are outfitted with a privacy curtain and glass door as well as a television and
The ED also has four resuscitation rooms that allow us to
bring a large team to the bedside of our most critically ill and injured
patients. We utilize these rooms to care
for patients with cardiac arrest, stroke and significant trauma. The ED also contains a 16 bed Clinical
Decision Unit, allowing us to provide extended ED and observation care for up
to 23 hours without admitting patients to inpatient beds. The ED also contains state of the art imaging
including a next generation CT Scanner, high fidelity ultrasound equipment and
The University of Colorado Hospital Emergency Department
prides itself in education and training.
The University of Colorado Hospital was recently awarded its fourth
consecutive Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing
Center. Our residency training program
for physicians is one of the oldest and most prestigious programs in the
country. We are also a primary training
site for medical students from a variety of schools including the University of
Colorado School of Medicine.
We have an outstanding facility, amazing team members and
believe we are a national model for the delivery of emergency care. We pride ourselves in efficiency, quality and
safety and hope your experience exceeds your expectations.