UPMC Visiting Nurses
PROGRAMS: ED U-Turn
Emergency Department U-Turn

ED U-Turn is an integral part of the cardiopulmonary program. We provide follow-up visits for patients evaluated in the Emergency Department within a predetermined period of time to prevent rehospitalization.

Benefits of ED U-Turn
  • Patients receive additional care and services in the home setting to achieve optimal outcomes.
  • Decreased return visits to the Emergency Department
  • Increased patient and physician satisfaction
  • Patients will have access to services that may include Nursing, Telehealth, PT, OT, Speech Therapy, Disease Case Management programs, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Equipment, Enterostomal Nursing and Behavioral Health
  • Homecare Triage nurse available to take after hours phone calls

Continuum of Care

The Ed U-Turn process involves initial agreement and coordination between:
  • Emergency Department Attending Physician
  • Patient's PCP
  • Home Health Clinician

Diagnoses

Patients with the following low risk diagnoses may be considered for the Global Ed U-Turn process:
  • Wound Care
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)/Asthma
  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
  • Falls and chronic ambulation problems
  • Altered mental status with no acute documented alteration in the ED and no acute findings in the ED workup
  • DNR patients requiring palliative care
  • Hypoglycemia (non-recurrent) in Diabetics

Quality Care
We provide you with enhanced care with a treatment plan tailored to your health condition, environment, and level of recovery.

Compassionate Care
Our dedicated staff help you and your family cope with your condition and work toward your recovery.

Timely Care
We are fully staffed seven days a week to make home care visits, even on holidays when necessary. After normal business hours, a medical professional is always available to take your call.

Patient & Family Centered Care
We are committed to providing you with an exceptional home health experience by delivering and approaching care from the patient and family perspective.