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The Eating Disorders Inpatient Unit is an innovative complement to our continuum of care, specialized to meet the needs of kids and teens with eating disorders. The unit can accommodate seven patients in five private rooms and one semi-private room. Patients participate in the Eating Disorders Day Treatment Program and continue to receive individual and family therapy, nutrition therapy, medical monitoring and psychiatric assessment.
We have over 25 years of experience in helping kids with eating disorders. Our staff are all specialized in pediatric medical and psychiatric care and emphasize the role of the family in treatment and recovery. We serve kids and families from across the United States with our unique approach to parent-supported nutrition and recovery.
A patient with an eating disorder who is not medically stable is admitted to the Inpatient Medical Unit at Children's Hospital Colorado. Some causes of medical instability include:
A team of specialists from Adolescent Medicine and the Eating Disorders Program works together to care for the child, adolescent or teen. Inpatient medical care includes 24-hour cardiac monitoring, bed rest and carefully increasing caloric intake to minimize the risk of medical complications, including refeeding syndrome (a metabolic problem that can happen to patients who are starved or severely malnourished).
Medical interventions include monitoring blood chemistry and addressing medical conditions associated with the refeeding process, which is a medically complex time. A child/adolescent psychiatrist and a family therapist also evaluate the patient and work with the family to coordinate an individualized treatment plan. The goal of hospitalization is to achieve medical stability and evaluate further treatment needs.
Additional services for hospitalized patients include: