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Frequently Asked Questions - Patients Treated

Show / Hide What is the difference between an admitted and non-admitted patient?

A patient who undergoes a hospital’s admission process to receive treatment and/or care is called an admitted patient (inpatient) . This treatment and/or care is provided over a period of time and can occur in traditional hospital setting and/or in the person’s home (under specified programs such as Hospital In The Home). An admission must satisfy certain criteria such as the condition requiring observation in order to be assessed, requires daily assessment of medication needs or requires procedure(s) that cannot be performed other than in a hospital setting.

A non-admitted patient (outpatient) is a patient who does not undergo a hospital’s formal admission process. There are three categories of non-admitted patient: Emergency Department patient, outpatient, and other non-admitted patient (treated by hospital employees off the hospital site —includes community/outreach services). Another name for a non-admitted patient is the term ambulatory, as used by hospitals.

Show / Hide What is a hospital bed day?

A bed day or patient day is a day or part of a day that a patient is admitted to receive hospital treatment. The bed day is the unit of measurement for the length of stay of an episode of care.

Show / Hide Are you admitted to an emergency department (ED)?

No, you are assessed and treated within the ED without being admitted to the hospital.  If you require further care or treatment, you may be admitted and you will be transferred out of the ED and into the care of the hospital.

Show / Hide What information is included in the 'Patients Treated' category?

 The information presented relates to admissions, a process whereby the hospital accepts responsibility for the patient’s care or treatment.  Admission follows a clinical decision based upon specified criteria that a patient requires same-day or overnight (or multi-day) care or treatment.