ROJoson’s Thoughts, Perceptions, Opinions, and Recommendations (as of July 3, 2014):
Indications for admission of patients to a hospital’s inpatient beds:
- Medical disorders with a severity degree that are dangerous to manage at home
- Medical disorders that need close monitoring by physicians for diagnostic purpose
- Non-surgical disorders that usually need hospital confinement because of safety and convenience on the part of the patients
- Surgical disorders that usually need hospital confinement because of safety and convenience on the part of the patients
- Wish of the patients and/or relatives primarily for convenience (such as need for external caregiver, long travel distance, etc.) and sense of security
6. Desire of patients to have health screening programs in an inpatient setting.
Note 1. When a patient is to be admitted to a hospital’s inpatient beds is a judgement-call of the attending physician. The latter should be guided by the usual indications for admission to hospital’s inpatient beds.
Note 2. The patient and relative must be consulted in the decision-making on admission. There must be an informed consent secured by the attending physician.
Note 3. Hospitalization expenses inclusive of professional fees should be discussed with the patient and relative before the decision to admit. There must be an informed consent on the hospitalization expenses secured by the attending physician.
Note 4. There is such a thing as inappropriately admitting patients to inpatient beds by the physicians. Having no documented indications for admission (see usual indications) and no informed consent for admission secured by the attending physician are the indicators of inappropriate admission of patients to inpatient beds.