CCDU Brings Additional Cardiac Resources

The new CCDU (Cardiac Clinical Decision Unit), scheduled to open late December, is dedicated to cardiac problems that need additional diagnostic services or brief interventions – estimated in hours, not days. The goal is patient stays of 18 hours or less. Conditions monitored in the CCDU will include:

  • low-risk chest pain patients that do not require immediate cath lab intervention
  • patients with new atrial fibrillation
  • first time syncope
  • mild heart failure

The first of its kind in the city, the unit will help avoid unnecessary admissions and readmissions.

An Extension of the ER

The CCDU will function as an extension of the ED by identifying cardiac patients with low intermediate cardiac risk. Early cardiac decision making enables physicians to rule out the need for more intensive cardiac services when appropriate. The CCDU specific protocols will allow for shortened stays because patients will be seen promptly and testing streamlined. Cardiac evaluations will have the advantage of oversight and management by cardiologists from Meritas Health Cardiology. Any patients that are subsequently admitted to the hospital from the CCDU will be admitted to their PCP or a hospitalist.


"The CCDU, I believe, is unique in that it is the only hospital unit in the Kansas City area dedicated to rapid, efficient and cost-effective evaluation and treatment of new-onset atrial fibrillation, syncope and patients with no history of heart disease but who may have chest pain that could be cardiac related,” says Michael Farrar, MD, a cardiologist with Meritas Health Cardiology. “This unit is designed to rapidly triage and evaluate patients while saving costs and reducing unnecessary testing."

The Facility

The renovated 18-bed unit includes 4 out-patient exam rooms, 1 procedure room and consultation rooms. It will also house a CHF outpatient clinic dedicated to providing support (including diuresing CHF patients), education (including dietitian services) and patient care planning. The focus is on teaching patients how to manage complex CHF and stay healthy, thus reducing acute admissions and readmissions.

Save the date - you're invited to the open house December 13, 3 to 6 p.m.

Michael Farrar, MD

FarrarAfter attending medical school at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Dr. Farrar completed his residency and a fellowship at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Electrocardiography and Comprehensive Adult Echocardiography. Dr. Farrar is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Adult Echocardiography.

To learn more, call 816-691-3095.