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Medical Admission

What is Medical Admission?

Medical admission is a procedure in which a patient is admitted to the hospital to undergo any test, treatment, diagnosis, or surgical procedure. You might need medical admission as an emergency admission or elective admission. On medical admission, the doctor and nurses will check your vital signs (pulse rate, blood pressure, temperature, oxygen concentration in blood). Depending upon the severity of the condition, you might be asked for a blood test, urine test, stool test, or imaging test (X-ray, MRI, CT scan).

Based on the reason and severity, you will be admitted to the hospital as an outpatient, day patient, or inpatient. As an outpatient, you need to go to the hospital for an appointment and not stay overnight. As a day patient, you visit the hospital for treatments like minor surgery, dialysis, or chemotherapy. If you need medical admission as an inpatient, you need to stay overnight at the hospital for the test, treatment, or surgery.

Types of Medical Admission

There are two types of medical admission depending upon your medical condition:

  1. Emergency admission – An emergency medical admission is a condition that is not planned and results from any acute illness, trauma, or injury that cannot be treated on an outpatient basis. This needs the collective work of a team of the Emergency Department.
  2. Elective admission – It is the type of medical admission in which the doctor requests to reserve a bed for you so that your treatment, diagnosis, or minor surgery could be performed.

What is the Need for Medical Admission?

Under the following conditions, you might need medical admission at a good hospital to get appropriate treatment:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Chest pain
  • Loss of consciousness for a long time or trauma
  • High fever, severe headache, and severe pain
  • Problem with vision, speech, or movement of limbs
  • Stroke or heart attack
  • Sprain, ligament break, or fracture
  • Accident
  • Severe allergy

What Should You Ask Before Medical Admission?

Before medical admission, you need to ask a few questions from the concerned authorities:

  • What is the reason for my medical admission?
  • What was found in my diagnosis?
  • How long will I have to remain in the hospital?
  • Will my health insurance cover the hospital bill?
  • What treatment will be given to me?
  • What are the risks associated with medical admission?
  • What will happen if I don’t want to get admitted? Is there any alternative available for me?

Tests During Medical Admission

There are various tests performed during the medical admission:

  • Blood test and intravenous injections to administer drugs or to replace fluids
  • X-ray – To get details of fracture, lung infection, or fluids in the lungs
  • CT scan and MRI – It gives 360 – degree image of the head, chest, and abdomen
  • ECG – It measures the activity of the heart and checks damaged heart muscle
  • Ultrasound – Usually during pregnancy
  • Biopsy – It is a test to take a sample of an organ, usually to detect cancer
  • Catheterization – To insert a catheter into a vein, or artery

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Level of Care at the Hospital

Depending upon your medical condition, you can be given a varying level of care at the hospital:

  • Intensive care unit (ICU) – For sickest people or those who need a ventilator
  • Surgical care unit – Patients who had surgery
  • Cardiac care unit (CCU) – For heart patients
  • Pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) – For children
  • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) – For new-borns
  • Step down unit – Patients that need close nursing support
  • Surgery floor
  • Medical floor
  • Neurosurgical unit
  • Oncology unit – Cancer
  • Emergency department unit

What Should You Bring Along with You to the Hospital?

You must bring some essential documents to the hospital if you are being admitted or want someone to be admitted. You must not bring anything valuable to the hospital like jewelry and plenty of cash if you are staying overnight.

  1. Identity proof – Aadhar card, driver’s license, PAN card
  2. List of your current medications
  3. List of all medical conditions that you like diabetes, hypertension
  4. List of previous surgeries
  5. Name and contact of your physician

Discharge from the Hospital

Depending upon the severity of your medical condition, you might get discharged from the hospital overnight or after a couple of days. The team of doctors will study your vital signs after the discharge.

Conclusion

If you are not suffering from severe trauma and disease, you can have the required treatment at home or the clinic. You must have a first-aid kit at home as a means of quick treatment. Rather than visiting the hospital as an inpatient, you can go to the doctor’s clinic for some diagnosis. Medical admission is a detailed procedure that is costly and requires time. Even after the discharge, you need follow-up, take medications, and follow all the necessary precautions.

References

https://www.emedicinehealth.com/hospital_admissions/article_em.htm

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/servicesandsupport/types-of-hospital-admission

https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/hospitals/going-into-hospital/going-into-hospital-as-a-patient/

What are the most common reasons for emergency medical admission?

The most common reasons for emergency medical admission are accidents and heart failure.

What are the infections that I can contact at the hospital?

You can contract urinary tract infection, meningitis, gastroenteritis, and pneumonia due to medical admission.

What is the effective way to avoid the spread of infections at the hospital?

Maintaining hygienic conditions, proper disposal of waste, and proper hand washing can reduce the risk of spreading infections in the hospital.

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