in·​pa·​tient | \ ˈin-ˌpā-shənt How to pronounce inpatient (audio) \

Definition of inpatient

: a hospital patient who receives lodging and food as well as treatment — compare outpatient

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There’s an Emergency Department for those who need it, a birth center for mothers-to-be, surgeons and anesthesia providers available at the drop of a hat, and hospitalist physicians available to take care of inpatients. WSJ, "Costs Convert Hospitals Into One-Stop Shops," 6 Jan. 2019 The victims are often young: Nearly three-quarters of inpatient opioid deaths were ages 25 to 54. Ted Alcorn, Vox, "The waiting list for organ transplants is finally shrinking — for a grim reason," 24 Sep. 2018 The new KU Health facility, when operational, will replace the adult inpatient units on the hospital's main campus and Prairie Ridge Campus. Andy Marso And Allison Kite, kansascity, "KU Health plans mental health facility at former EPA building in downtown KCK | The Kansas City Star," 21 Mar. 2018 The American Hospital Association reports inpatient admissions have been falling steadily since 2008. John Dorschner, miamiherald, "The South Florida Hospital War. (It’s all location, location, location) | Miami Herald," 25 Feb. 2018 The clinic still uses VR regularly to manage pain in both inpatients and outpatients. Meeri Kim,, "Virtual Reality Helps Patients Ease Stress And Pain," 12 June 2018 The project comes as Florida Hospital adds a seven-story inpatient tower and three-story medical office building at Florida Hospital Winter Garden, turning the existing free-standing emergency department to a full-service hospital. Mary Shanklin,, "Winter Garden eyes Hampton Inn approval, surgical center," 25 Oct. 2017 Gosnold which operates both inpatient and outpatient treatment clinics, primarily on Cape Cod. Scott Kirsner,, "Take two apps and call me in the morning," 29 June 2018 At some hospitals, Montana was shelling out more than three times what Medicare paid for inpatient care. Julie Appleby, Washington Post, "‘Holy Cow’ Moment Changes How Montana’s State Health Plan Does Business," 20 June 2018

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1760, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of inpatient

medical : a patient who stays for one or more nights in a hospital for treatment


in·​pa·​tient | \ ˈin-ˌpā-shənt How to pronounce inpatient (audio) \

Medical Definition of inpatient

: a hospital patient who receives lodging and food as well as treatment — compare outpatient

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