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    (Original post by unzipme)
    /hospital terms if you prefer.

    Can anybody clear this up for me; the difference between the following types of patients:

    1. Elective patients
    2. Day Case patients
    3. Emergency patients

    Thank you :cool:
    In relation to theatres anyway...

    1. Patients on a scheduled/planned operating list
    2. Patients on a scheduled/planned procedure list for smaller procedures e.g. endoscopy/colonoscpy who are unlikely to need to stay in hosp overnight
    3. Depending on state of patient, may interrupt a scheduled list to have an emergency procedure, or be placed on the end of a normal list. May be done out of normal hours.
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    (Original post by unzipme)
    /hospital terms if you prefer.

    Can anybody clear this up for me; the difference between the following types of patients:

    1. Elective patients
    2. Day Case patients
    3. Emergency patients

    Thank you :cool:
    Assuming your talking about surgical patients...

    1. Elective patients are scheduled to come in for operations that are not urgent e.g knee replacement
    2. Day case patients come in for an operation and leave the same day e.g. knee arthroscopy
    3. Emergency patients come in unexpectedly and need an urgent operation e.g. fractured patella needing wiring
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    do you mean for visiting or working?
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    (Original post by unzipme)
    Thanks for this!

    Is it possible to guess whether a ward that accepts these types of patients, would definitely be open 24 hours?

    I realise I sound like a complete noob! Are all hospital wards of this sort open 24-hours or possibly not?

    :o:
    Which type?

    From what I have seen at work, I would imagine both elective and emergency would be open (as in staff working and patients present) 24/7 as patients will be there 24/7. Don't think you can visit at odd hours though. Day case units would be open during working hours/when patients are there. It might differ between hospitals.
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    it may or may not have terminally ill patients depending on who has been admitted why?
 
 
 
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