Hospitals – A Place to Stay For a Long Time
A hospital is an increasingly common term used to describe the many medical facilities around the world, including teaching hospitals, research hospitals and rehabilitation centers. It is an essential facility in any community, providing for the treatment of all kinds of diseases. The term hospital is derived from Latin “harmonium”, which means hand, arm or joint. A hospital is generally equipped to handle all kinds of emergency situations. An ERP system helps in efficient and organized patient care in the hospital, while other technologies are also used to improve the quality of hospital services.
A hospital has various wings including the maternity wing, maternity ward, emergency department, surgery department, orthopedic department, intensive care unit, cancer hospital, surgical department, geriatric department and rehabilitation department. A large number of hospitals are classified according to the way they are run, i.e. principle hospital, hospitalist-intensive care unit, outpatient department etc. The way in which a hospital operates and its structure depends on the kind of services that it provides to the patients. A hospital may be fully dedicated to providing full-fledged medical treatment to all kinds of patients, or it may have a mixed hospital/medical facility, with some parts serving the clinical needs of acute patients, others serving the routine needs of the population on a day-to-day basis.
Most of the hospitals provide a variety of patient care and health services. Some hospitals also provide rehabilitation services to the patients who have undergone surgery, while others help patients to cope with life after surgery. Patients can get help from the physicians and therapists at these hospitals to cope with day-to-day living. Rehabilitation centers help the patients to resume normal activities such as going to work, studying for examinations, shopping, and socializing.