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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Simultaneously behavioral health services will add 143 staff positions, 20 more than originally proposed, primarily for mental health and inpatient health services. San Diego Union-Tribune, "County adopts $6.24 billion budget with increases in mental health, child welfare spending," 25 June 2019 Information on each adult's cardiovascular health came from hospital inpatient records and mortality records, Hypponen said in an email. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "How much coffee is too much?," 21 June 2019 When inpatient care is needed, Hospice of Cincinnati offers four inpatient care centers around the city. Hospice Cincinnati,, "Think you know Hospice? 9 surprising facts that may change your mind," 18 June 2019 John Rex, UnitedHealth’s chief financial officer, linked the company’s MLR performance to a pharmacy and hospital inpatient spending growth trend coming at the low end of projections. Kimberly Chin, WSJ, "UnitedHealth Raises Full-Year Earnings Projection," 16 Oct. 2018 These advancements arose out of necessity; ANMC’s emergency department treats and discharges 8,000 to 9,000 trauma patients annually, and another 900 to 950 from across the state are admitted for inpatient care. Anchorage Daily News, "When healing means more than stitching up wounds," 11 June 2019 The Nairobi hospital alone, on average, serves more than 1,200 outpatients a day and 300 inpatients. Fredrick Nzwili, USA TODAY, "Kenyan nuns take over hospitals after battle with American priest," 25 Jan. 2018 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

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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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