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Hospital Admissions

Hospital Admissions Introduction

There may come a time when you or a loved one may need to be admitted to a hospital. Today's large urban hospitals can be confusing and somewhat frightening for someone not familiar with how they work. In general, there are two major types of hospital admissions, emergent and elective. Emergent usually happen when a patient seen in the emergency department is subsequently admitted to the hospital. Elective hospital admissions occur when a doctor requests a bed be reserved for a patient on a specific day. The patient then checks in at the admissions office and does not go to the emergency department. Elective admissions make up the majority of hospital admissions (about 75%) but this percentage varies markedly with some hospitals. To get the most out of your hospital stay, the following article provides you information on these vital issues:

  • Factors that influence whether you will be admitted to the hospital
  • What happens once you are admitted
  • Your rights as a patient
  • How to improve your or a family member's care during and after the admission process

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