Clinical Decision Unit

University Hospital’s Clinical Decision Unit, commonly called the CDU, is a care unit designed for patients who come to the Emergency Department and may need additional tests, treatment or observation requiring them to stay longer than a typical emergency department visit.


The CDU is located inside University Hospital, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI.


To Visit or Pick Up a Patient From the CDU

Follow the signs to park in the Patient and Visitors Parking Ramp at University Hospital. Enter University Hospital through the HOSPITAL entrance (the left entrance when coming from the parking ramp). Please proceed to either the Information Desk (during regular hours), or the Security Office (after hours) for directions to the CDU.


When you reach the CDU, someone will be at the desk to greet you, or signs will direct you to the intercom where a staff member can assist you.