You hear this term all the time but do you really know the difference between inpatient and outpatient? Inpatient simply means: the procedure requires the patient to be admitted to the hospital, so he or she can be closely monitored during the procedure and during recovery. A drug addict admitted for rehabilitation is also considered an inpatient. Outpatient requires no hospital stay or the procedure may be performed outside of the hospital.
It’s worth nothing that inpatient care goes a long way back in history when Ashoka the Great founded 18 hospitals in India in 230BC. Probably the most important figure who revolutionised inpatient care was Florence Nightingale. She became a controversial figure and was responsible for transforming the scale of inpatient care during the Crimean War, by advocating strict sanitary conditions in the hospital.
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