(pā′shĕnt-sent′ĕrd) Pert. to health care that is focused on the patient or consumer of health care rather than on health care providers, financiers, insurers, or institutions.
patient-centered medical home
ABBR: PCMH. Medical home.
The artificial conduit that relays gases between a mechanical ventilator and a patient.
patient compensation fund
A governmentally administered account used as a treasury from which disbursements are made to those injured as a result of incompetence or malpractice by health care providers.
A complaint or grievance raised by a patient (or a personal representative of a patient) about care rendered to him or her.
The basic time unit for calculating the cost of keeping a patient in a hospital for one day.
Postponement by a patient in seeking medical attention or in taking prescribed medicines or following advice given by a physician.
patient information system
Hospital information system.
Any clinical encounter with a patient in which, for example, his or her chief complaint, symptoms, history, current medications, and/or prior treatments are reviewed.
A team of physically fit and specially trained people who assist the nursing staff in moving patients.
PATIENT CARE: Moving patients from beds to gurneys or from chairs to beds is a frequent cause of nursing injuries, esp. in critical care units and medical-surgical wards, where many patients are incapacitated and unable to manage their own transfers. Back injuries afflict approx. 50 percent of nurses during their professional lives. Lift teams are specially trained in the ergonomics of assisting patients with transfers and turning or repositioning them, thereby reducing the number of injuries that nurses receive while moving patients. SYN: lift team.
A description of the interaction, from intake to discharge, between the patient and the health care team. It includes communication, empathy, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention. The last element, intervention (or treatment), depends on the others.
The numbers and types of patients served by a hospital or other health care program.
patient outcomes research team
ABBR: PORT. A team that investigates the results of disease interventions and compares the success or failure of various therapeutic measures.
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act